1825 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Gates Percival

John Neal, in "American Writers" Blackwood's Magazine 17 (February 1825) 199.



DR. PERCIVAL: Among poets, very much what GEOFFREY CRAYON [Washington Irving] is among prose writers; calm, gentle, steady and beautiful: an imitator of Byron — so successfully too, in his PROMETHEUS, that, stanza after stanza, would pass for Byron's, if they appeared, in a collection of his poetry: The best of Dr. P's workmanship, however, is to be found in his little pieces; many of which are very beautiful — pure, sweet poetry — without being wonderful, or great. Mr. Millar, Bridge Street — has published a volume or two of Dr. P.'s poems. They deserve patronage, and so does Mr. M.: for, it was he, who brought out Geoffrey Crayon, to the public.