1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Learmont

Alexander Campbell, in Introduction to the History of Poetry in Scotland (1798) 330.



In 1791, were printed for the author, by Alexander Chapman and company, Edinburgh, Poems, pastoral satyrical, tragic, and comic, by JOHN LEARMONT, carefully corrected by the author; who, according to my information, is, or was a gardener near Dalkeith. To these poems is subjoined a dramatic performance, intitled, The Unequal Rivals, a pastoral. The best account I can give of this volume, is what its author has chosen as a motto.

My Muse is a queer wayward wight,
And cramm'd with many a quirky flight,
She soaring whiles mounts out of sight,
Beyond the moon;
Next dizzy 'mong the shades of night
Comes donart down.

Is this a specimen of the Bathos?