1763 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry More

Anonymous, in Biographia Britannica (1763) 6:3807.



However, these three [Cowley, Milton, Dryden] were all born with such poetical talents, as would have made a figure in the Art, had Spenser never been. The force of whose power, as a Father in begetting poetical children, will perhaps be thought more conspicuously displayed in the instance of Dr. Henry More, who informs us, that he owed all his Poetry to hearing his Father read the Fairy Queen to his children, in the winter evenings.