1826 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Polwhele

Anonymous, in Review of Polwhele, Traditions and Recollections; The Literary Gazette (11 February 1826) 84.



If there were such a word legitimated in the English language as "omnium gatherum," we would apply it to these volumes, which treat of every subject, et cetera. The amiable and respected author has been engaged in literary pursuits for more than half a century; has written history, poetry, criticism; has corresponded with many distinguished persons; has collected letters and anecdotes of others who have preceded them; and has mingled all up together, in these traditions and recollections, with not much of the "lucidus ordo," it must be confessed, and with much of trifling import still possessing a considerable fund of entertainment, and recording some things which deserve not to be forgotten.