1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

John Pinkerton, in Letters of Literature (1785) 102.



WItness the Comus, L'Allegro, Il Penseroso, the exquisite productions of the same author; which remained a feast for the learned alone, for near a century after their publication. They were published in 1645, and were taken no notice of. The Comus, L'Allegro, Il Penseroso were taken no notice of at a period when we sometimes find the tenth edition upon masses of metrical nonsense that are now unknown to have existed! Let the public after this judge for itself. A second edition of these poems did not appear till 1673; and even then were not republished, because they were called for, but because they made a sizeable volume with his Paradise Regained, then first published.