1823 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Samuel Woodford

Anonymous, in "On English Versification" London Magazine 7 (January 1823) 34.



In 1679, Samuel Woodford, D.D. published a Paraphrase on the Canticles and Hymns; and in the preface made certain observations on the structure of English verse; which are mentioned, not so much for any thing remarkable in his criticism, as for his high commendation, at the period, of Milton's Paradise Lost; though he would rather "it had been composed in rhyme."