1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Hoole

William Beloe, in The Sexagenarian: or Recollections of a Literary Life (1817; 1818) 2:214-15.



When his disadvantages of early education are taken into consideration, for as Dr. Johnson facetiously observed, he was "regularly" brought up in Grub-street, it may reasonably excite surprize, that his progress in knowledge should be so considerable and so diversified.

He was a very respectable scholar, and his acquaintance with the Italian language in particular was remarkably accurate. His versions of the three great Italian poets, still retain no contemptible portion of the public favour; his Metastasio more than either, attracted notice and obtained applause. But his original compositions are few, and not very much distinguished by the animation of genius. His name has not undeservedly found a place in the annals of modern biography, but they who are most partial to his memory, however they may have been delighted with his mild and engaging manners, must be satisfied with having their favourite comprehended in the class of our minor poets.