1828 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry More

John Wilson, et. al., in Blackwood's Magazine (November 1828); Noctes Ambrosianae, ed. Mackenzie (1854) 3:139.



NORTH. The question is not, whether poets do not introduce more new fashions into language than other men, but whether any particular fashion is the constant and distinctive uniform of poetry.

SHEPHERD. That's the pint.

NORTH. Some composers in metre have essayed an ornate or exotic style, and some, like Henry Moore, the Platonist, have inserted in couplets or stanzas the contents of the Scientific Glossary; but these are only to be regretted as experimenters on established diction; nor could their innovations strike root in poetry, though they long kept possession of book prose.