1825 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Habington

Anonymous, in Retrospective Review 12 (1825) 286.



To conclude his poetical character; he was a middling poet of the worst school of poetry, possessed the coldness without the smoothness and polish of Waller, and sacrificed grace and feeling to the utterance of clever or strange things: his amatory poetry is without passion, his funeral elegies without grief, and his paraphrases of scripture without the warmth or elevation of the originals.