1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Parsons

Anonymous, Review of Parsons, Travelling Recreations; Poetical Register for 1806-07 (1811) 542.



For the pieces contained in these volumes the author does not expect any great share of praise. He humbly describes them as "short and temporary effusions, the solace of post chaises, inns, and temporary lodgings, or sometimes his peripatetic amusements in visits to the city, to call on his poetical banker, or his philological stock broker." The two volumes, however, contain many pleasing and elegant compositions. The collection would, perhaps, have been better, had the author, by selecting more rigidly, compressed it into one volume. Our readers by referring to pp. and 347 of our last volume may form an estimate of Mr. Parson's poetical talent.