1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Erasmus Darwin

Samuel Egerton Brydges, in Censura Literaria 6 (1808) 210.



Doctor Darwin is said to have exhibited in his life the same excellencies and the same deficiencies as characterized his poetry. His head was brilliant, but to the quiverings of sensibility he was a stranger. He was conversant with matter, rather than intellect: to "the shadowy tribes of mind" he was inattentive. I cannot think therefore that with all his merits he is to be placed either in the first or second class of poets.