1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmond Malone

Richard Nares to Richard Polwhele, 25 January 1815; in Reminiscences in Prose and Verse (1836) 1:130.



About Malone, as a critic, I totally differ from you. He was very industrious and laborious, and ferretted out a good deal by these qualities; but had not, in my opinion, a spark of genius, nor even taste, where poetry was concerned. It is capable of proof that he did not rightly understand even the measure of English verse. Steevens was full of genius, but not always to be depended upon. Sometimes he even made a sport of misleading readers; but his powers were infinitely above any that Malone possessed.