1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Walter Savage Landor

Anonymous, Review of Poetry. By the Author of Gebir; Anti-Jacobin Review 13 (November 1802) 307.



What merit the former production of this notable bard, alluded to in the title page, might possess, we cannot pretend to say, as it was published before the commencement of our work, and it never chanced to meet our eye. But for the present work, 'tis an arrant doggrell as ever poor critic was compelled to regard. In short worse lines and worse principles were seldom, if ever, united, in one poor volume. The poetry, as 'tis called, both England and Latin, (the last indisputably the best in point of composition) is fit only to be done into French and bound up with the numerous addresses, in the same stile, which have been presented to the Corsican — Consul, in his late tour. The fustian probably comes from some of the dissenting manufactories at Warwick.