1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Waller

Joseph Warton, in Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope (1782) 2:40.



The English versification was much smoothed by Waller; who used to own that he derived the harmony of his numbers from Fairfax's Tasso, who well-vowelled his lines, though Sandys was a melodious versifier, and Spenser has perhaps more variety than either of them.