1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Hogg

John Neal, Review of Hogg, Mador of the Moor; The Portico [Baltimore] 2 (September 1816) 259-60.



The story is simple, interesting, and pathetick; the poetry is nervous, beautiful, and sublime; and the utmost effects produced by harmonious versification, splendid images, and pleasing diction, shine brilliantly throughout the whole of this admirable production. It is undeniably superiour to some of the performances of Lord Byron; and throws the poetick effusions of all our every-day bards, into utter darkness. Never have we perused any work, which so strongly moved all our sympathies as this. Every emotion and passion of the heart, spring into life, at the touch of the poet; who is certainly a great master of this great art. Till now, we have been strangers to the genius of Mr. Hogg; but henceforth, we shall hail with pleasure, his entrance on the stage, and behold his exit with sorrow. He will doubtless do much to correct the taste of the age; unless, like Shee, his chaste and classick productions should be overlooked and neglected by an age, too apt to nourish folly, and deprave the understanding, by bestowing praise and patronage where they are least merited, and most detrimental. Every man who has a passion for the genuine fires of poetry, should, however, peruse this story; for it will yield him a banquet of pleasure, and force him to bow to the majesty of genius.