1835 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Henry Dana

Anonymous, in Blackwood's Magazine (1835); Allibone, Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1858-71; 1882) 1:472.



The power is Mr. Dana's own; but the style — though he has made it his own too — is coloured by that of Crabbe, of Wordsworth, and of Coleridge. He is no servile follower of those great masters, but his genius has been inspired by theirs — and he almost places himself on a level with them by his extraordinary story — we mean on the level on which they stand in such poems as the Old Grimes of Crabbe, the Peter Bell of Wordsworth, and the Ancient Mariner of Coleridge. The Buccaneer is not equal to any one of them, but it belongs to the same class, and shows much of the same power of delineations of the mysterious workings of the passions and the imagination.