1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry Boyd

Anonymous, Review of Boyd, The Woodman's Tale; Poetical Register for 1805 (1807) 487-88.



The causes and baneful consequences of intemperance form the subject and the moral of The Woodman's Tale, which is written in the stanza of Spenser. Mr. Boyd is no unworthy follower of the great bard whom he has chosen for his model. He has manifested in his allegorical tale much invention, much power of vivid description, and command of poetical language. Nor is he less successful in the construction of Spenser's stanza. Among the smaller poems the Milesian tales claim pre-eminence in merit. The drama contains passages of great beauty, and its versification is at once flowing and masculine.