1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Dermody

Anonymous; Review of Dermody, Poems Moral and Descriptive; Monthly Mirror 10 (November 1800) 307.



Mr. Dermody is no common-place poet. His are not borrowed streams from ancient Helicon, filtered through the chill medium of modern refinement; but rush, with glowing energy, impetuous from the heart. Goldsmith appears to be his favourite model, and he could not have chosen one more worthy of poetic emulation. Yet the Bard of Auburn is followed with no servile step. There is a nerve and spirit in the productions of Mr. D. peculiarly his own, and a pathos which genuine feeling only can inspire.