1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Wordsworth

John Herman Merivale, in Review of Wordsworth, The Excursion; The Monthly Review NS 76 (February 1815) 136.



One word must be said, before we conclude, on the subject of versification; — and we have left ourselves no room for more than a word, though, perhaps, a long discussion may be expected from us. Notwithstanding much disfigurement, arising from his inveterate affectation, we are on the whole disposed to consider the blank verse of Mr. Wordsworth as one of the nearest approaches that has yet been made to the majesty of Milton. The preceding extracts will afford our readers ample opportunity of determining whether our judgment be correct. We wish that Mr. W. would condescend to the imitation of his mighty master in points of yet higher importance!