1821 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Neele

Anonymous, in Review of Neele, Odes and other Poems; The Port Folio S4 11 (May 1821) 150.



Such are the compositions which Mr. Neele has given to the world, as written between the fourteenth and seventeenth year of his age. That they are possessed of great merit independent of any consideration of the early period at which they were produced, will not be denied by those who have attentively perused the preceding extracts; but when viewed in connexion with the youth and inexperience of the author; when beheld as the very firstlings of his earliest years, they cannot but be deemed very extraordinary efforts, indeed, both of taste and genius, and as conferring no slight celebrity on their author, as the name next to be pronounced perhaps after those of Chatterton and Kirke White.