1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Davenant

William Hazlitt, in English Comic Writers (1819; 1909) 69.



Davenant's Gondibert is a tissue of stanzas, all aiming to be wise and witty, each containing something in itself, and the whole together amounting to nothing. The thoughts separately require so much attention to understand them, and arise so little out of the narrative, that they with difficulty sink into the mind, and have no common feeling of interest to recall or link them together afterwards.