1805 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Erasmus Darwin

Charles Brockden Brown?, "Dr. Darwin" Literary Magazine and American Register [Philadelphia] 4 (August 1805) 149.



Dr. Darwin was a philosopher and a poet. His poetry addresses at once the reason, for it relates to science, and the imagination, for it is employed in fiction. The philosophy of Darwin, and the calvinism of Cowper, were certainly different things; but each admired the other's poetry, and in this respect they manifested themselves to be true poets, "testes veritatis" to each other: we mean of poetical truth; for poetry is not an affair of metaphysics, nor of philosophical calculation, any more than of straight lines or curves, of triangles and quadrangles, tangents, or secants.