1827 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Kennedy

Anonymous, in Review of Kennedy, Fitful Fancies; The Literary Gazette (20 October 1827) 673.



Of William Kennedy it had never been our fortune to hear; and his book came upon us with an effect immensely increased by the circumstance that no previous warning was given of even the existence of a genius of so high an order. It was like the hurricane at midnight last week; the torrent, the flash, and the rolling bolt, descended at once, — and our astonishment really exceeded what we can well find words to express. That this unpretending volume is extremely unequal, and that it has considerable faults, is true; but since the first great work of Byron, Childe Harold, we have met with nothing so likely to produce a strong sensation among the readers of poetry.