1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Hakewill

William Wordsworth, in Essay, Supplementary to the Preface (1815); Prose, ed. Grosart (1815) 2:113n.



The Learned Hakewill (a third edition of whose book bears date 1635), writing to refute the error "touching Nature's perpetual and universal decay," cites triumphantly the names of Ariosto, Tasso, Bartas, and Spenser, as instances that poetic genius had not degenerated; but he makes no mention of Shakspeare.