1793 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Dyer

Anonymous, in Review of Dyer's Poems (1792); Analytical Review 15 (1793) 105.



At a period when the general taste in composition, and especially in verse, is tending towards that laboured elegance which produces obscurity, it is a peculiar pleasure to meet with a poet, who, without sinking into prosaic feebleness, is distinguished by the chaste simplicity of his diction. Mr. Dyer appears, in this respect, to have formed his taste upon the best models of antiquity. At the same time he judiciously avoids those puerile ornaments, which are by many modern poets so freely borrowed from the ancient mythology, and relics, both for his sentiments and imagery, upon truth and nature.