1829 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Ralph

Anonymous, in Review of Kettell, Specimens of American Poery; American Quarterly Review [Philadelphia] 6 (September 1829) 249.



James Ralph is next in the first volume of specimens. His name is notorious from the attention which Franklin bestows upon him in his Memoirs, and the lines in the Dunciad, by which Pope devoted him to everlasting contempt.

Silence, ye wolves! while Ralph to Cynthia howls,
And makes night hideous; Answer him ye owls.

Considering the character which Franklin and Pope's commentators draw of Ralph, we should not have found resolution to introduce him into a body of American poets, merely because "there is something of a poetical spirit about him." He wrote and died in England.