1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John F. M. Dovaston

Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Review of Dovaston, Fitz-Gwarine; Monthly Review NS 71 (May 1813) 99.



The ballad of Fitz-Gwarine is by far the best in this collection, and contains some pleasing imagery and poetical touches, although they are disfigured by a want of polish and correctness in the verse. — The humorous poems, however, are far from commendable; and the author's talents must be aided by time and study, if he aspires to the title of a poet: though we question whether, in any case, his compositions would rise above mediocrity, or repay him for neglecting the more solid pursuits to which he seems to be professionally devoted.