1830 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Oliver Goldsmith

William Roscoe, 1830 ca.; in Life of William Roscoe (1833) 1:11.



Shenstone was not, however long the sole object of my poetical adoration; his claims being divided with Goldsmith, whose Deserted Village was first published about this period, and passed through several editions. That these authors have fallen into neglect, when compared with the more energetic and ambitious poets of the present day, I am well aware, and yet I know not whether these writers are not as deserving of estimation as those of modern times, who, in endeavouring to become more natural, have too often fallen into the vulgar and the mean, and, instead of improving, have debased the public taste.