1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Addison

Anonymous, "Portfolio of a Man of Letters: Style of Addison" The Monthly Magazine 30 (November 1810) 346.



Godwin's attack on the style of Addison, extends from page 437 to page 443 of his Enquirer. Surely the point has been there established, that Addison is but a secondary writer, full of solecism and vulgarity, and exuberance of diction; of trifling playfulness, which misses its aim at wit; and of feeble thinking, which is mistaken for argument, because employed in the support of trivial notorieties. He may fair-sex it (as Swift says) to the world's end; but he must remain content with his public of women.