1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Davies

William Hazlitt, in English Comic Writers (1819; 1909) 68-69.



Sir John Davies is the author of a poem on the "Soul," and of one on "Dancing." In both he shows great ingenuity, and sometimes terseness and vigour. In the last of these two poems his fancy pirouettes in a very lively and agreeable manner, but something too much in the style of a French opera-dancer, with sharp angular turns, and repeated deviations from the faultless line of simplicity and nature.