1825 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. David Macbeth Moir

Anonymous, in Review of Moir, Genevieve, with other Tales and Poems; Literary Magnet 4 (1825) 111-12.



The muse of Delta never fails of reminding us of some flowery mead, with a soft and quiet stream meandering throughout it: his principal charms arise from his delicacy of sentiment, the simple unforced style of expression, and the chasteness of his imagery. If there is nothing to elevate, there is nothing to disturb; his muse is like the stream we have compared it to, fluent, but ye unruffled. He is undoubtedly possessed of great sensibility, a feeling almost inseparable from the mind of the poet; and what may render this volume still more worthy the attention of our readers, is an unpretending spirit of morality, which is discernible in every page.