1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hector Macneill

Anonymous, Review of Macneill, Poetical Works; Poetical Register for 1801 (1802; 1815) 360.



The works of Mr. Macneill have so long been well known to the world, that it is almost unnecessary to deliver a judgment upon them. Of one of his Poems, (we believe Scotland's Scaith) more than ten thousand copies were sold in a very short space of time. This rapid sale is honourable to the public taste. Mr. Macneill's poems are distinguished by a correctness of style, a melody of verse, and command of poetical language, not often to be found. The Scottish dialect is used in a part of the poems, but not to such an extent as to render them unintelligible even to a mere English reader.