1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Donne

Anonymous, in "On the Progressive Change of Poetical Style" Blackwood's Magazine 6 (January 1820) 368.



The reputation of Donne is a little unaccountable. His lumbering conceits and lumbering phraseology seem to have acted as a sort of pioneers to the less awkward forces of Cowley; but he is best known by the translation which Pope has made of some of his satires. If Donne was the precursor of Cowley, Drummond may, perhaps, as properly be called that of Waller.