1693 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Davenant

Samuel Wesley, in "Essay on Heroic Poetry" Life of our Blessed Saviour (1693) sig. a4v.



Gondibert methinks wants Life; the Style is rather stiff than Heroic, and has more of Statius than Virgil; one may see every where a great deal of Art, and Pains, and Regularity, even to a fault; nor is a Genius wanting, but its so unnatural, that an ingenious Person may find much more pleasure in reading a worse Poet. Besides, his Stanza's often cramp the Sence, and injure many a noble Thought and Passion.