1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Boscawen

Anonymous, in Review of Boscawen, Poems; Anti-Jacobin Review 9 (May 1801) 59-60.



Mr. Boscawen's genius seems chiefly bent towards the lyric province, though he is by no means deficient in the graceful pathos of the Elegiac Muse. We were sorry to see so respectable a writer and so good a scholar attacked in the Pursuits of Literature, particularly as Mr. Boscawen has been always zealous in supporting those principles in morals and politics, in opposition to the hideous system of Republican France, which the anonymous author of that celebrated poem has so resolutely and so ably espoused. The enemies of our establishment in church and state are so numerous, so active, so artful, and so malignant, that the friends of society, instead of shewing any spleen against each other, should anxiously combine all their efforts and cordially cooperate in the common cause. Mr. Boscawen, in his poem, entitled The Progress of Satire, has indignantly, but with a liberal spirit, repelled the attack, and fairly drawn the line between satire and lampoon. In the same form he has given judicious and appropriate praise to some of the most distinguished satirical writers of this country.