1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Henry Dana

John Neal, in "American Writers" Blackwood's Magazine 16 (October 1824) 428.



A Yankee — a lawyer, of course; Editor of the NORTH AMERICAN; ruined himself — and well nigh damned the work, by a beautiful article on HAZLITT'S POETS, (1819) — EVERETT followed him, in the office — a bad one — little pay, and hard work; — one gets more kicks than coppers, in it. Dance [Dana] is pure, and sound — uncommon genius — very lazy — very — hangs fire — is timid; and, when he has a chance for a dead shot, shuts the wrong eye: wrote the IDLE MAN; a sleepy, strong, quiet, indolent paper. He has written, altogether, in many years, about as much as he should have written, with his ability, in one month. Like BRYANT, he will "carve heads upon cherry-stones" — simpletons — who cares for the otto of prose?