1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Tighe

Anonymous, Review of Tighe, Psyche; Poetical Register for 1810-11 (1814) 604.



Alas! the harp which gave these delightful tones is now silent for ever! Mrs. Tighe did not live to enjoy that general applause which the merit of her work has gained for her. At the time we are writing this, Psyche has, we believe, reached a fourth edition. This rapid sale of Mrs. Tighe's poem is honourable to the public taste. The story is exquisitely told; the language is poetical; and the stanza, which is that of Spenser, is managed with great felicity. The smaller poems are elegant.