1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Tennant

Alexander Fraser Tytler to William Cockburn, August 1812; Moulton, Library of Literary Criticism (1901-05) 5:527.



The author of Anster Fair, cannot long remain concealed. It contains, in my opinion, unequivocal marks of strong original genius; a vein of humour of an uncommon cast, united with a talent for natural description of the most vivid and characteristic species, and, above all, a true feeling of the sublime — forming altogether one of the most pleasing and singular combinations of the different powers of poetry that I have ever met with.