1805 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Addison

Richard Hurd, 1805; Commonplace Book in Kilvert, Memoir of the Life and Writings of Richard Hurd (1860) 244.



I have lived to see the day when some have called in question the claim of Addison to be a good writer in prose, and of Pope to be a good poet. With the same discernment and good taste some, we know, have censured the "inanity" and "smooth verbosity" of Cicero; and Bavius and Maevius, without doubt accounted Virgil a bad poet.