1762 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Lloyd

Anonymous, Review of Lloyd, Poems; The Critical Review 13 (March 1762) 244.



Those poets who are entirely destitute of genius and parts, even though they do write about themselves, and consequently exert all the little talents they have, are notwithstanding extremely dull; but this is far from being Mr. Lloyd's case: for though the principle end and design of almost every thing in the book before us is manifestly either to vindicate his own taste and judgment, or find fault with those of others; though the whole consists either of the most extravagant panegyric on his friends, or the bitterest satire, on such as he terms his enemies, he has, notwithstanding, by dint of real genius and merit, so contrived as to make it entertaining.