1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. John Armstrong

George Gregory, in Letters on Literature, Taste, and Composition (1808) 2:157-58.



Dr. Armstrong's Essay on Health can scarcely be called a poem. It may be sound doctrine in some instances in a medical point of view; but if it would pass on an examination at the college of physicians, or a Surgeon's-hall, I am confident it never would at the court of Parnassus. If the Economy of Love, by the same author, may be considered as a didactic poem, it reflects equal disgrace on the poet and the man.