1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Donne

Samuel Egerton Brydges, in Restituta or ... English Literature Revived 2 (1815) 10.



The metaphysical subtlety, and tasteless and unfeeling ingenuity of Donne, produced execrable distortions in him and his imitators so opposite to all that is attractive or valuable in the Muse, that more than half a century did not rid the common versifiers of its disgusting effects.