1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Hugh Downman

Nathan Drake, in Literary Hours (1800) 2:193.



The Infancy of Dr. Downman has several splendid passages, and some interesting episodic parts, but the subject is certainly an unhappy one; the details of the nursery and the rules for the preservation of infantine health being little accommodated to the genius of poetry. There is merit however in encountering a difficulty almost insuperable, and the Doctor perhaps has rendered his work as inviting as the nature of his theme would permit.