1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Fraser Tytler

Robert Southey, in Review of Chalmers's English Poets; Quarterly Review 11 (July 1814) 501.



In the life of Logan Mr. Chalmers speaks of the discovery of Ossian's poems as if he believed in their authenticity. Because some pieces which are printed among the remains of poor Michael Bruce have been ascribed to Logan, he has not thought it proper to admit Bruce's poems into his collection; and, speaking of Lord Woodhouselee's appointment to the professorship of history at Edinburgh for which Logan was soliciting, he tells us that the talents of the successful person, had talents been the criterion, must have excluded all competition. A tithe of Logan's talents would make ten Lord Woodhouselees.