1833 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Lisle Bowles

Allan Cunningham, in "Biographical and Critical History of the Literature of the last Fifty Years" The Athenaeum (16 November 1833) 772.



WILLIAM LISLE BOWLES has been long and favourably known by his sonnets and short poems: they possess a quiet beauty, an easy elegance, and a truth of sentiment, which keep hold of the heart. He was one of the chief combatants in the Pope controversy, in which all who engaged had the singular merit of being wrong: poetry is found in art as well as in nature, by those who have any wish to find it.