1821 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Millhouse

Anonymous, in Review of Millhouse, Vicissitude; The Literary Chronicle 3 (23 June 1821) 396.



There is something so very praiseworthy and commendable in a private soldier seeking to beguile the fatigues and hardships of a military life, by "gentle poesy," that we are sorry we cannot give the offspring of such an attempt our unqualified approbation. We feel still more reluctant to speak slightingly of the production, when we are told that the author has "no other chance of bettering his condition than by a publication." The poems, however, when resting on their own merits, have a slight claim to praise; but, when the circumstances under which they have been written are considered, they must be judged with an indulgence, especially as they appear the genuine flowings of a most amiable disposition.... We are happy, to see that the author has a respectable list of subscribers to his little work, — a tribute, we doubt not, well merited by his private worth and unassuming manners.