1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Luke Booker

William Enfield, in Review of Booker, Miscellaneous Poems; The Monthly Review NS 6 (December 1791) 455.



To be pleased with no productions in literature, excepting with those of the first order, betrays a degree of fastidiousness, which, in a reader, is indiscreet, because it deprives him of some enjoyment, and, in a critic, is unfair, because it withholds from merit, of whatever degree, its deserved tribute of praise. The author of these poems may not be entitled to rank with a MILTON, nor with a THOMSON: but he is not on this account to be consigned to oblivion with the herd of scribblers, with whom rhyme and poetry are synonymous terms.

However deficient these poems may appear, to a reader of correct taste, in original invention and creative fancy, they must not be denied the praise of natural and tender sentiment, unaffected language, and a flow of versification, by no means inharmonious.