1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Rushton

Anonymous, in Review of Rushton, Poems and other Writings; The Monthly Review NS 105 (November 1824) 326.



Of Mr. R.'s poems we spoke on their first appearance, vol. 1, N.S. p. 95., in terms which we see no occasion to alter. We gave them credit for power, pathos, and descriptive merit, while we pointed out their want of polish and classical taste; and, though ignorant of the writer's situation in life, we ascribed the nature and tendency of many of his compositions to the probability of his having been placed in circumstances which we now find had really been his lot. We cannot refrain, then, from expressing our gratification at a second impression of a work, which, in addition to the able biographical sketch prefixed, together with a considerable addition of new materials, advocates so many excellent principles, and is throughout embued with so much good sense and good feeling, devoted to the cause of humanity and truth.