1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hayley

Nathan Drake, in Literary Hours (1800) 2:198-99.



Hayley's Chef d'oeuvre, The Triumphs of Temper ... seems well entitled to the honour of forming a new species of poetry, for in structure and design it differs materially from what has been denominated the Heroi-comic poem. Its visionary scenes are drawn and tinted with a masterly pencil, and do great credit to the Italian school, in whose spirit and style they have been conceived and executed, and his Heroine, all gentle and interesting, fully developes the magnetic influence of that sweetest of all persuasions, an amiable temper.