1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Scott of Amwell

Robert Anderson, in Works of the British Poets (1795) 11:728.



His Critical Essays are no inconsiderable addition to his fame. They have much merit, in the mode of criticism which he has pursued. In the minuteness and rigour of his examination, he approaches to the inquisitorial strictness of Dr. Johnson. This exactness, however, is sometimes misapplied, and sometimes leads him into error. Just observations are sometimes mixed with faults. Some peculiar words and phrases do not produce a pleasing effect; but, on the whole, they may be read by an ardent young poet with advantage.