1804 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hayley

Robert Southey, in Annual Review (1804) 4:675-76.



Mediocrity, as all the world knows, is forbidden to poets and to punsters; but the punster has a privilege peculiar to himself, — the exceeding badness of his puns is imputed as a merit. This privilege may fairly be extended to Mr Hayley: his present volume [Triumph of Music] is so incomparably absurd as that no merit within his reach could have amused us half so much.