ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. John Donne
Anonymous, in The Grove of Fancy (1789) 26-27.
Rev. John Donne:
1602: John Manningham
1611 ca.: John Davies of Hereford
1614: Thomas Freeman
1616: Ben Jonson
1616: Ben Jonson
1619: Ben Jonson
1633: Henry King
1633: Tho: Browne
1633: Edward Hyde
1633: Richard Corbet
1633: Izaak Walton
1633: Endymion Porter
1638: Rev. Nathaniel Whiting
1639: Thomas Bancroft
1640: Izaac Walton
1640 ca.: Thomas Beedome
1646: George Daniel of Beswick
1673: Charles Cotton
1693: John Dryden
1697: William Walsh
1734: Alexander Pope
1750: Thomas Gray
1779: Rev. Vicesimus Knox
1782: Rev. Joseph Warton
1789: Edmond Malone
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1800: Dr. Nathan Drake
1801: Henry Kirke White
1806: Peter L. Courtier
1806: Joseph Dennie
1815: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1818: William Hazlitt
1819: Leigh Hunt
1820: John Payne Collier
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1827: Henry Neele
1829: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1829: Anna Brownell Jameson
1831: Robert Southey
1834: Robert Aris Willmott
1836: Richard Cattermole
1837: Henry Hallam
1847: Edward Farr
1859: David Masson
1860: George Gilfillan
1880: John W. Hales
1882: Epes Sargent
But now a race obtrusive shone,
Whom FANCY blush'd to call her own.
O say what mean this learned train,
These Bards of metaphysic vein!
Of nature void, as void of grace;
No passions know this scholar race.
Their woe no bosom e'er oppress'd;
Their love shall ne'er inflame the breast.
Who draw from books, and not the heart,
In vain shall boast the tuneful art.
Some strong hyperbole supplies
The Poet's bold sublimities.
Forsaking Reason, high they spring,
While wearied Fancy wants a wing:
And where the tender note should move
The soft complaint of gentle Love;
The Bard, perplex'd, with awkward Art,
Relies on mem'ry, not the heart.
Some Hermit cold aspires to write,
Whose frigid lays the Loves affright.
Ingenious DONNE, whose learned page,
Belov'd by ev'ry rhyming sage,
With harsher JONSON, led the way,
Till COWLEY clos'd the long array.