1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Crabbe

William Hazlitt, in Lectures on the English Poets (1818; 1909) 128.



He takes an inventory of the human heart in exactly the same manner as of the furniture of a sick room: his sentiments have very much of the air of fixtures; he gives you the petrification of a sigh, and carves a tear, to the life, in stone. Almost all his characters are tired of their lives, and you heartily wish them dead. They remind one of anatomical preservations, or may be said to bear the same relation to actual life that a stuffed cat in a glass-case does to the real one purring on the heart: the skin is the same, but the life and the sense of heat is gone.