1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

Anonymous, "Literary Opinions: Thomson" The Cabinet NS 1 (May 1809) 410-11.



I know no poems so calculated to form the youthful mind to virtue as Thomson's. His Seasons are well-known; but his tragedies do not possess the reputation they deserve. How far they may be suited to theatrical representation, I shall not enquire; but if a rich vein of poetry, adorning the most excellent sentiments; if characters well-drawn and well-supported; if plots, simple, yet artfully conducted, and the whole conducing to public and private virtue, merit attention, Thomson's tragedies pre-eminently demand our regard and admiration.