1934 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Hoole

Roderick Marshall, in Italy in English Literature 1755-1815 (1934) 59.



For Tasso, and, later, Ariosto he did, however, something like what Dryden and Pope had done for Virgil and Homer. He adapted them to the rather sterile taste of his times, and thus gave them a popularity which Huggins and Doytne could never have won for them. We must remember that the 1760's were not the 1820's. In the former, however, the latter were implicit. Hoole's disinfected couplets made it possible for Johnson to recommend the book to the queen herself in a dedication which Boswell thought a masterpiece of elegance.