1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ann Yearsley

Andrew Becket, in Review of Yearsley, Poems on various Occasions; The Monthly Review 77 (December 1787) 489.



There are undoubtedly faults in Mrs. Yearsley's Poems; but they are "faults which true Critics dare not mend." We shall therefore conclude our account of this extraordinary woman, and her literary compositions, with saying — that the justness of the observation, "Poeta nascitur, non fit," was never more powerfully exemplified than by herself.