1825 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Gifford

Henry Mackenzie, Anecdotes and Egotisms, 1825 ca.; ed. Thompson (1927) 158.



The somewhat late admiration of Collins excited the imitation of a very inferior set of rhymers, who spun their No Ideas into mellifluous words, without meaning. Such were they whom Gifford so successfully ridiculed in his satirical poem of The Baviad.