1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Hole

Nathan Drake, in Literary Hours (1800) 1:146.



The recent publication of Mr. Hole's Arthur has, indeed, called the attention of the public to many of these fertile sources of invention [romantic legends], but although the work has great merit, it is confessedly built too much upon the Italian mode of fabling; the machinery is not sufficiently aweful to excite eager attention, and throughout the whole poem, perhaps, the heart is too little engaged. imagery of this kind should not only awaken surprise, but, to leave a lasting impression, both pity and terror.