1833 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Motherwell

Allan Cunningham, in "Biographical and Critical History of the Literature of the last Fifty Years" The Athenaeum (16 November 1833) 772.



When Aaron's rod sprang out and budded, those who saw it could not marvel more at the dry timber producing leaf and bloom, then we did when Motherwell, an acute and fastidious antiquarian, appeared as a poet, original and vigorous. His lyrics are forceful and flowing — with more of the strength of Burns than of his simplicity and passion.