1817 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dryden

John Taylor Esq., "Modern Poems" The Sun (22 October 1817).



The Scotch Reviewers, Critics shrewd and sage,
Exalt the Poets of the present age,
Say POPE and DRYDEN shall no longer reign,
But useless lumber on the shelves remain;
That they but painted manners, female art,
While living Bards dig deep into the heart.
Let not the praise of MODERN WORKS end here—
Their value will increase through ev'ry year,
And when for them each Antiquary calls,
DRYDEN and POPE lie common on our stalls.
T.