1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Warton

Anonymous, "Literary Opinions: Dr. Warton" The Cabinet NS 1 (May 1809) 408.



Nothing can be more disgusting than Dr. Warton's method of criticism. His affected taste in what he calls "poetry," his ridiculous praises of what he denominates "genius," his undervaluation of the energy of Pope and Dryden, and his exaltation of verbose nonsense,

Where pure description holds the place of sense,

altogether form the most nauseating display of pedantry, false taste, and puerile dogmatism.