1828 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Chandos Leigh

Anonymous, in New Monthly Magazine NS 24 (September 1828) 382.



The writings of Mr. Leigh are characterised by terseness of expression, tenderness of thought, and, when he investigates the nature of modern fashionable society, a certain tone of manly reprehension, honourable to him as an observer and a moralist. To judge by the nature of his literary productions, Mr. Leigh would appear not to be much addicted to the frivolities and dissipations of the rank to which he belongs; but rather to be conversant with his library, and with the duties which belong to the condition of a country gentleman of large possessions; and hence his poetry, instead of dealing in the wanton toys of the imagination, comes home to our business and bosoms, and appeals to our understanding and our most enduring sympathies.