1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Cornelius Webbe

Anonymous, in Review of Webbe, Sonnets; New Monthly Magazine 13 (June 1820) 733.



There is, besides the sonnets, a very touching little poem, called "The Dying Minstrel," which seems to convey to us the last breathings of expiring genius. In this piece, and in more of the sonnets, which appear to express personal emotions, there is a sweet melancholy, which we trust the sympathy of kindred spirits will speedily lighten. The lowness of the price of this work, and the meanness of its external appearance, lead us to fear that the author, of whom we individually know nothing, has not as yet been appreciated as he deserves. Humble as the production is, there is in it manifest tracings of the "vision and the faculty divine," which will not, we trust, be obscured by the scorn of the critics, or the neglect of the world!