1811 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Robinson

Anonymous, in Poetical Register for 1806-07 (1811) 540.



Mrs. Robinson had a brilliant imagination, and a considerable command of language, but she was deficient in taste. A great number of her compositions are rendered disgusting by affectation and meretricious ornament. It is, however, but justice to say that her later poems are written in a much purer style than those which she published during the period of the Della Cruscan madness.