1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. John Wolcot

Leigh Hunt, in Feast of the Poets (1814) 110-11n.



It is a pity that this pleasant reprobate had not a little more principle in his writings, for he has really a most original vein of humour, — such a mixture of simplicity, archness, and power of language, with an air of Irish helplessness running throughout as is irresistibly amusing, and constitutes him a class by himself. He is the Fontaine of lampooners. — I know not whether any body ever thought of turning to him for his versification; but the lovers of the English heroic would be pleased, as well as surprised, to find in his management of it a more easy and various music than in much higher poets.