1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Laetitia Barbauld

William Belsham, in Essays (1789; 1799) 2:513.



A celebrated Poetess of our own times, Mrs. Barbauld, in the elegant miscellaneous collection with which she has favored the world, has exhibited the most beautiful examples of versification, happily diversified and accommodated to the greatest variety of subjects that are to be met with in any contemporary author. In the poem stiled Corsica, her blank verse makes a very near approach to the Miltonic majesty and the Summer Evening Meditation is in the best manner of Young. Delia breathes the very soul of Hammond; and the Address to Wisdom is written in the true spirit of Prior. The poem on the Origin of Song Writing might have done honor to Waller, and the Ode to Spring is entitled at least to "divide the crown" with Collins's exquisite Ode to Evening.