1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Thomson

Robert Anderson, in Works of the British Poets (1795) 4:489.



On such ideal Paradises, the best poets in almost all ages and nations have lavished their descriptive powers. Homer has his garden of Alcinuous; Virgil, his Elysium; Ariosto, his Island of Alcina; Tasso, his garden of Armida. The list might be extended by the Paradise of Taste, a beautiful allegorical poem, which the writer of these biographical prefaces has the satisfaction to announce, as the production of a friend, whose poetry is among the least of his many attainments.