1877 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Harbert

Thomas Corser, in Collectanea Anglo-Poetica 7 (1877) 152-53.



The work [Cadwallader] is written in seven-line stanzas, and appears to have been composed in his youth. It is above the average standard in merit, and we might have looked for something more excellent from his pen he continued to write. His verse is occasionally harsh and rugged, and betrays the weakness and inexperience of youth; but time and greater practice might, perhaps, have overcome these difficulties and defects. The work is a sort of poetical epitome of the leading actions and events in the lives of our British kings, foreshadowed under a prophesy of Cadwallader, the last King of the Britons.