1820 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry More

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Notebook 18, p. 302; Brinkley, Coleridge on the Seventeenth Century (1955) 617-18.



Whenever an attempt is made, as in H. More's, n.b. not Hannah, Song of the Soul to popularize Philosophy, Ideas must perforce be represented by Words, but Words in their primary import always referring to Things and Images, and here in order to be rendered attractive and interesting to be supported by Images of Things, as Similitudes or Allegories. What wonder that Platonism at least should appear to sober-minded Men, who have become acquainted with it by such Books, the veriest Romance or Faery Tale!