1836 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Beaumont

Robert Aris Willmott, in "Henry More and Joseph Beaumont" Conversations at Cambridge (1836) 227.



He was a descendant of the family that gave us the author of Bosworth Field, and the friend and companion of Fletcher. During his absence from Cambridge, he composed his elaborate poem Psyche — which Southey, who usually finds something to admire in our elder writers, has condemned to perpetual oblivion. It requires, indeed, a bold heart to travel over its endless cantos; yet the path is not uncheered by flowers, nor the scenes destitute of interest. The principal defects arise out of the interminable allegories with which he swells the work; the portraits want vigour and decision; and even in the poem retain a dim and shadowy appearance.