1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Waller

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 1:17.



Waller has perhaps received more than due praise for the refinement of his native language; it is well that it was not lavished on his wit. He is often elegant, sometimes tender, and not seldom dull; his conceits are often brilliant, and oftener far-fetched; his political life was a system of contradictions, and the effects of it are seen in his poetry. In the editions of his works, the piece next in order to the Verses on the Death of Cromwell, is a congratulation on the return of Charles II.