1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Samuel Bishop

John Aikin?, in "Retrospect of Domestic Literature" The Monthly Magazine 4 (August 1797) 120.



The Poetical Works of Mr. Bishop, are a large mass of verse, which might not improperly have been called, Poetical Trifles; they appear to have been the rapid effusions of good-humour, ingenuity, and pleasantry, rather than the vigorous efforts of genius: the author possessed a lively epigrammatic vein, and a considerable command of easy versification; but his poetical talents would have appeared with greater advantage, had his friends exercised more critical severity in making the selection from his papers.