1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry More

Bryan Waller Procter, in Effigies Poeticae, or, the Portraits of the British Poets (1824) 58-59.



From a scarce Print by Loggan, prefixed to his Poetical Works.

This writer — who, by the way, very strongly resembles a celebrated living poet, (Mr. Wordsworth,) has a fine, stern, and contemplative look. He was addicted to metaphysics, and endeavoured to tame that harsh spirit down to the music of verse, and succeeded indifferently. Leaving his poetry, which is certainly not very excellent, we may admire his striking and thoughtful countenance, and his capacious brow, in which the organ of "causation" is so evident. Dr. MORE looks better adapted for a reasoner than for a poet; though we scarcely know why we should assert this, seeing that his living likeness, with no ordinary share of the reasoning power, has a proud and decided claim to the laurel.