1793 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Erasmus Darwin

Isaac D'Israeli, in Curiosities of Literature (1793) 2:47.



In the present age, little distinguished for the originality of its poetic compositions, the BOTANIC GARDEN has appeared. It seems, indeed to have opened a new route through the trodden groves of Parnassus. The poet, who shall rashly venture to wrestle with such a rival, will be exposed to the derision of the Arena; for it will be long before a writer shall appear, who to all the prodigality of IMAGINATION shall unite all the minute accuracy of SCIENCE. It is a performance which makes a prominent figure in our national poetry.