1830 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Rogers

Oliver William Bourne Peabody, in Review of Cheever, Studies in Poetry; North American Review [Boston] 31 (October 1830) 457.



We are unwilling to enumerate Rogers and Campbell among the poets of the last century, though the great works of both were published before its close, and though the latter part of it is so far inferior to the first, in the number of its illustrious poetical names, as to require some such addition to the list. The sweet music of both is associated with our most pleasing recollections. The lyre of Rogers resembles an instrument of soft and plaintive tone, which harmonises well with the memory of our early days; that of Campbell is no less sweet, but deeper and more powerful, and struck with a bolder hand. Both are in strict and constant unison with virtue. Indeed, with one or two ominous exceptions, it is delightful to perceive the moral beauty of the poetry of this age in general.