1759 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Oliver Goldsmith

William Shenstone to Thomas Percy, 6 June 1759; Letters, ed Williams (1939) 513-14.



I have Likewise read the Essay on the present State of Learning &c written by a Dr. Goldsmith, whom you know; and whom such as read it, will desire to know. I dissent from him however in his Partiality to Rhime (I mean in works of Length) but as to the present pomp and Haughtiness of style instead of sentiment, am entirely of his Opinion.