1805 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry John Todd

Richard Cumberland to James Bland Burgess, 5 November 1805; Letters, ed. Dircks (1988) 325.



I am persuaded your remarks upon our friend Todd's life of Spenser are strictly just, but I have not read him, and only glanc'd upon that passage, in which he names your poem. By imitation he can merely allude to the stanza, and as that is peculiar to Spenser, or at least not so general as blank verse or the rhiming couplet, he was I suppose led to that expression, w hich if it convey'd any idea but that, would be perfectly misapplied.