1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Donne

Nathan Drake, in Literary Hours (1800) 2:170.



As to Donne, if it be true, that the purport of poetry should be to please, no author has written with such utter neglect of the rule. It is scarce possible for a human ear to endure the dissonance and discord of his couplets, and even when his thoughts are clothed in the melody of Pope, they appear to me hardly worth the decoration.