1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Cottle

Margaret Oliphant, in The Literary History of England (1882) 1:243.



His complacent and confused gossip is not to be compared with the more dignified narratives of the lives of the [Lake] poets, but it is not without some power of portraiture, and it brings the young men before us in a group, a sort of rude fresco-painting, such as is sometimes more effective than a finer work of art.