1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Luke Booker

Anonymous, Review of Booker, Poems; European Magazine 8 (November 1785) 383.



These Poems are possessed of some merit, but the author is too fond of new-fangled and compound epithets, such as cloud-brushed mountains, — indign deserts, — sympathizing harebells, &c. He even sacrifices sense to sound, when he says, "embronzes o'er with gold;" he might as well have said, "gilds with brass."