1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Mark Akenside

Bryan Waller Procter, in Effigies Poeticae, or, the Portraits of the British Poets (1824) 88.



From a Picture, by Pond, in the Collection of Lord Heathfield.

We have but little to observe upon this picture. The eye is indeed represented as looking upwards, but the portrait is scarcely an impersonation of the "Imagination," upon which the author has so pleasantly dilated. AKENSIDE'S Hymn to the Naiades contains some agreeable passages, and his Poem on the Imagination is entitled to much praise. His verse, however, is not equal to Thomson's, nor can it be said on the whole perhaps to surpass that of Young. It is decidedly inferior to most of Mr. Wordsworth's, and immeasurably below the grand cadences of Milton.