1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Capel Lofft

Richard Polwhele, in "Visitation of the Poets" 1800; Biographical Sketches in Cornwall (1831) 2:49.



There was Hardinge, to faults and to beauties awake;
And that fine philologist, good Dr. Drake;
Lady Burrel, in verse that so often hath made a trip;
And Mandy so pleasant — so meltingly soft—
In poetical landscape; — poor Capel LOFFT
Tho' scarce in the province of sonnets a tetrarch,
Yet vaunting his prowess, as if a new Petrarch....