1772 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

Anonymous, in "Catalogue of the most celebrated Writers" Letters concerning the present State of England (1772) 399.



THOMSON. A poet of undoubted merit, but this merit has been extolled beyond its due degree, from a want of great genius in the age in which he flourished. There is a stiffness, a want of ease in his pieces, which offend the least delicate ear.