1830 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Scott

George Barrell Cheever, in Studies in Poetry ... A copious Collection of Elegant Extracts (1830) 319.



Scott's poetry possesses nearly the same qualities for which his novels are remarkable. It abounds in romantic narrative, picturesque description, and character admirably delineated; and sometimes has scenes of deep feeling. His versification is easy and rapid in its flow, and his pages are full of bustling, various, vivid interest, which his power in the display of true human nature enables him to excite and continue, almost without artifice or effort, in the mind of the reader.

His poetry is pure in its moral spirit, just in its sentiments, affectionate, noble, and friendly in its thoughts and feelings.