1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Michael Drayton

Anonymous, "Drayton" The Monthly Magazine 25 (May 1808) 332.



The works of this poet, tho' now neglected, were once read with rapture. The great Seldon thought the Poly-Olbion worthy of his comments, and England's Heroical Epistles were so well received, that they procured their author the title of the British Ovid. His legends of Robert Duke of Normandy, Matilda, Piers Gaveston and Thomas Cromwell, are by no means despicable. Query, whether some of the bards of the present day wound not be better employed in modernizing the best productions of our older writers, than in deluging the literary world with their ephemeral reiterations of trite epithet and affected sentiment.