1793 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Raleigh

Anonymous, "Knowledge, Learning, and Taste during the Reign of Elisabeth" Universal Magazine 90 (September 1793) 168.



His poetical pieces were entirely the amusements of his youth, his attention being soon directed to superior pursuits. If to excel in poetry had been the object of his ambition, there can be no doubt but that, from the strength and greatness of his mind, and the stores of knowledge which would have aided his imagination, it might have been in his power to have risen to a high degree of eminence.