1807 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Carey

Alexander Balfour to Robert Anderson, 1807 ca.; Balfour, Weeds and Wildflowers (1830) xxxiii.



I consider his Pleasures of Nature, as the most rational, and his Reign of Fancy as the most poetical. This last has, in many parts, a richness of versification not often attained by juvenile poets. But the author is sometimes too easily pleased with his epithets, of which (by-the-by) he is peculiarly fond; and, when examined, they are not always very appropriate.