1833 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Gibson Lockhart

Allan Cunningham, in "Biographical and Critical History of the Literature of the last Fifty Years" The Athenaeum (30 November 1833) 812.



Though he has not published volumes of verse, he is in every sense of the word a poet; and it cannot be otherwise than painful to him to pen a criticism when he should write a stanza. His translations of the Spanish and Moorish Ballads have all the simplicity, and energy, and picturesque beauty, and more of the flow of the ballads of the Border. The fine old Bible English into which he has rendered them, gives the antique hue so natural and becoming in the old minstrels; all other translations fade away before them.