1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Penn

Anonymous, Review of Penn, Poems in Two Volumes; Poetical Register and Repository of Fugitive Poetry for 1801 (1802) 427.



That the author of these volumes is a man of taste and learning, these sufficiently evince; but, that he has a claim to the title of poet, may be reasonably doubted. His pieces are, in general, polished and flowing, but they are deficient in vigour and imagination. The preface, which consists of ninety-eight pages, is too verbose: the meaning is frequently hid under a cloud of words.