1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Burns

William Hazlitt, in Select British Poets (1824) in Works, ed. Howe (1932) 9:242.



BURNS concludes the series of the ILLUSTRIOUS DEAD; and one might be tempted to write an elegy rather than a criticism on him. In naivete, in spirit, in characteristic humour, in vivid description of natural objects and of the natural feelings of the heart, he has left behind him no superior.