1859 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Donne

David Masson, in Life of John Milton (1859-94; 1965) 1:489.



In short, though we must regard Donne personally as an interesting study, and though we may admit also that in his hands the art of metrical cogitation with a view to novel combinations of ideas was exercised so superbly as almost to become the legitimate principle of a new variety of literature, we cannot but be glad that the avatar of Donne, as an intermediate power in English Poetry between Spenser and Milton, was so brief and partial.