1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Park

Anonymous, Review of Park, Sonnets and other Small Poems; Monthly Mirror 3 (April 1797) 227-30.



Mr. Park most indisputably deserves to be ranked with the few modern poets who have attempted the composition of sonnets with success. They possess the simplicity, if not the tenderness, of Mrs. Smith's, without the rugged quaintness of Hayley's. If this be not sufficient recommendation, we may quote a passage from the author's preface. — "By the counsel of Mr. Cowper they were first encouraged to solicit public notice. By the comments of Miss Seward they have been rendered less unworthy to do so.... The other poems which consist of occasional verses, inscriptions, familiar epistles, epigrams, epitaphs, and elegies, at once bear witness to the versatility of the author's talents, and the elegance of his taste. The volume is beautifully printed and decorated with six engravings from Stothard, &c.