1834 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Brockden Brown

William H. Prescott, "Charles Brockden Brown" Biographical and Critical Miscellanies (1834) 38.



He may be rather called a philosophical than a poetical writer; for, though he has that intensity of feeling which constitutes one of the distinguishing attributes of the latter, yet in his most tumultuous bursts of passion we frequently find him pausing to speculate on the elements which have raised it. This intrusion, indeed, of reason, "la raison froide," into scenes of the greatest interest and emotion, has sometimes the unhappy effect of chilling them altogether.