1851 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Roscoe

David Macbeth Moir, in Sketches of the Poetical Literature of the Past Half-Century (1851; 1856) 38.



William Sotheby particularly distinguished himself as a translator from the German, and William Roscoe from the Italian; but, in their own compositions, the former wanted originality and the latter — who was of the Hayley school — threws and sinews. Roscoe's strength lay in another path — that of historical composition — wherein he achieved the eminence he deserved. Sotheby was never great, except when treading in some beaten path.