1967 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Parsons

W. N. Hargreaves-Mawdsley, in The English Della Cruscans and their Time, 1783-1828 (1967) 87.



Parsons has always been made the butt of the whole Della Cruscan circle, but this is unfair. A man who had humour, and knew what irony was, was well-read, with a gift for modern languages, who cared for political liberty, and detested the barbarities of blood sports (a rare quality in that age), who was a devotee of the fine arts, philosophy, and science, must have been of some value. Although he was careful of his money and refused to gamble, was this blameworthy? A boring club-man, something of a philanderer, and somewhat tactless, these are the worst things that have been said of him.