1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Southey

Anonymous, "Joan of Arc" The Oracle, Public Advertiser (28 October 1796).



An Epic Poem, by a Youth under Age, has been this Year added to the long List of premature Wonders. The Poet, who produced the following Simile, is well worth looking after.

In the English forts,
Sad was the scene. There the livelong night
Steals in the stragling fugitive; as when,
Past is the storm, and o'er the azure sky,
Serenely shines the sun; with every breeze
The waving branches drop their gather'd rain,
Renewing the remembrance of the storm.