1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Waller

George Dyer, in Poems (1802) 1:xxiv.



Waller had an elegant mind, and possessed the merit of giving some refinement to English versification. His compliments are often prettily shaped, and his measures agreeably polished; but they want fire, and possess not that rich inventive faculty, which constitutes the essence of poetry.