1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Browne of Tavistock

Anna Seward to J. White, 27 November 1795; Letters, ed. Scott (1811) 4:123-24.



The late Mr. T. Warton, in his finely critical edition of Milton's lesser poems, proves that the plan, and nearly all the descriptions of Allegro, Il Penseroso, were taken from the older poet Browne — but then he gives us the rude block from which these Phidian statues were carved. That should always be done when plagiarism is charged upon a great author.