1772 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Anstey

Anonymous, in "Catalogue of the most celebrated Writers" Letters concerning the present State of England (1772) 336.



ANSTEY. I shall not hesitate to assert, The New Bath Guide to be the work of the most humour that this age has produced: the vehicle of the wit is original; his characters admirably touched; the measure of the verse excellently adapted to the subject, and the incidents and descriptions worked up to a pitch of the ridiculous, that cannot fail of raising continued risibility. The other poems he has published are of much inferior merit.