1830 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Crabbe

George Barrell Cheever, in Studies in Poetry ... A copious Collection of Elegant Extracts (1830) 276.



Crabbe is a powerful writer, but destitute of elegance or sweetness. He describes with great strength and truth the workings of the morbid passions, and the external appearances of nature and of human society, as it existed in his own "borough." His poetry is like a painting, of which the scene is exceedingly gloomy, and the colours coarsely and roughly applied; but in which every object is expressive, and protrudes strongly from the canvass. The moral lessons to be derived from his poems are very salutary.