1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. William Perfect

Anonymous, Review of Perfect, Poetic Effusions; European Magazine 30 (November 1796) 348.



Dr. Perfect is not a juvenile writer. We recollect to have read poems by him in the periodical publications more than thirty years ago. Whatever reputation he may have acquired by those will not be diminished by the present work; the descriptive parts of which, he observes, will be found not wholly incompatible with the peculiar and appropriate beauties which occur to a constant resident in the country, according to the different changes of the year, when he shall "copy Nature from her living book." The twelve Months are the principal part of this publication.