1831 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Donne

Robert Southey, in British Poets, Chaucer to Jonson (1831) 714.



Two years after his death, his poems were published by his son. He would have shown himself more worthy of such a father, if he had destroyed a considerable part of them. Bell the bookseller first included them in a General Collection of the Poets; Chaucer being the only old poet in that collection, and Spenser and Donne the only ones of our middle age.