1830 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

George Barrell Cheever, in Studies in Poetry ... A copious Collection of Elegant Extracts (1830) 268.



The Gertrude of Wyoming, the Pleasures of Hope, the songs, and the odes of Campbell have given him a very high rank among the British Poets. In the first mentioned poem he has displayed great and varied powers; sublimity, pathetic tenderness, richness of natural description, nobleness and felicity in the conception of character, elevation and purity of moral sentiment, and a versification at once forcible, harmonious, and full of sweetness and melody. His odes exhibit a sublime fancy, vivid sternness of thought, striking imagery and intense energy of expression. Some of his songs are perhaps the finest in the language, and all his poetry is delightfully pure in its moral tendency.