1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Denham

Joseph Warton, in Works of Alexander Pope, ed. Warton (1796-97) 1:125-26n.



Denham, says Dr. Johnson, seems to have been, at least among us, the author of a species of composition that may be denominated Local Poetry, of which the fundamental subject is some particular landscape to be poetically described, with the addition of such embellishments as may be supplied by historical retrospection, or incidental meditation. Cooper's Hill, if it be maliciously inspected, will not be found without its faults; the digressions are too long, the morality too frequent, and the sentiments such as will not bear a rigorous enquiry.