1821 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Fitz-Greene Halleck

Anonymous, in Review of Halleck, Fanny; The Monthly Review NS 96 (November 1821) 323.



We have here a trans-Atlantic imitation of Beppo and Don Juan, though the ottava rima is changed for the six-line stanza. The allusions to persons and places, and the satire on the former, are so entirely local, that we can neither appreciate them nor be interested by them; and both justice and charity, perhaps, should induce us to suppose that, from this circumstance, the poem may have more merit in the eyes of New-York readers than in those of Londoners. Certain it is, however, that we can discover no high beauty in the poetry, nor any great poignancy in the satire; though we have often met with worse versification, particularly from the servile herd of imitators.