1804 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anne Grant

Lockhart Muirhead, in Review of Grant, Poems on Several Subjects; The Monthly Review NS 44 (July 1804) 279.



The emotions, which her muse loves to awaken, are pleasing rather than grand; she is rather sweet and pathetic than animated or majestic; and, while we applaud the correctness and delicacy of her thoughts, we regret that they are so seldom adorned with bright and glowing imagery. We must add that the effect of some of her prettiest pieces is considerably enfeebled by expansion, and by an intemperate use of epithets. Notwithstanding these defects, however, the work deserves the liberal patronage which it has received from subscribers.