1834 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joshua Sylvester

Robert Aris Willmott, in English Sacred Poets (1834; 1839) 1:42-43.



The youthful admiration of Milton and Dryden has endeared the works of Sylvester to the poetical student. Mr. Dunster, in his ingenious considerations on Milton's early reading, has shown his obligations to this singular author, in whose poetry the flame of genuine fancy continually shoots up through all the extravagance of imagery that oppresses it. He enriched our language with some of its most picturesque elements.