1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Donne

Vicesimus Knox, in Essays Moral and Literary (1779) 2:151.



The Roman [Juvenal] is remarkably harmonious. But Donne, his imitator, seems to have thought roughness of verse, as well as of sentiment, a real grace. It is scarcely possible, that a writer who did not studiously avoid a smooth versification, could have written so many lines without stumbling on a good one.