1823 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Isaac D'Israeli

William Maginn, in Blackwood's Magazine (March 1823); Noctes Ambrosianae, ed. Mackenzie (1854) 1:282-83.



ODOHERTY: Has my friend D'Israeli, or any of that tribe, ever been able to ferret out a long-concealed author of genius? — No, no. Depend on't, my dear, there's no Swift, nor Pope, nor Gibbon, nor Smollet, nor Milton, nor Warburton, nor Dryden, nor any body really worth being up to, but what all the world is up to. The critical bowstring has been justly applied, or baffled — there is no third to these two ways of it.