1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

Samuel Egerton Brydges, in Censura Literaria 7 (1808) 94-95.



Perhaps the best prose writer in the English tongue lived in the reigns of Charles I. and Charles II. This was Cowley, the poet. And I am inclined to place another poet next to him; the immortal Dryden! I would give the third place to Addison; and the fourth to Burke, whose similarity, in some points, to Dryden, has been well remarked by Malone.