1805 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry Boyd

Henry John Todd, in Works of Spenser (1805) 1:clxv.



Spenser's descriptions rarely terminate in the object described, but give an agreeable activity to mind in tracing the resemblance between the type and anti-type. This, as the learned translator of Dante [Boyd] has observed to me, is an excellency possessed by Spenser in an eminent degree; and hence may be deduced the superiority of his descriptions over those of Thomson, Akenside, and almost all other poets.