1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gen. John Burgoyne

Anonymous, Review of Burgoyne, Dramatic and Poetical Works; Poetical Register for 1806-07 (1811) 543.



In this collection the works of General Burgoyne are, for the first time, brought together, and are presented to the public in a convenient form, and elegant manner. The dramas are the Heiress, the Lord of the Manor, the Maid of the Oaks, and Richard Coeur de Lion. A probationary Ode, and the Westminster Guide, are the two longest and best of his poems. The general was one of that band of wits which produced the Rolliad, and the Probationary Odes; satires still read with pleasure, notwithstanding the subjects of them were merely temporary. The life of Burgoyne, prefixed to the volumes by the editor, is the only satisfactory account of the General which is anywhere to be found.