1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Dermody

Robert Southey, in "Raymond's Dermody" Annual Review 5 (1806) 396.



That he was not possessed of real genius we must again repeat, — none of his productions indicating any real feeling, or any strong powers of thought: but for readiness and prematurity of imitative talents he is probably unexampled. He could compose as rapidly as another could transcribe: the poems which he had written before he was fourteen would fill ten volumes of a moderate size! Who would not have regretted if a man of such prodigious promise had perished from want of patronage?