1829 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Nathaniel Evans

Anonymous, in Review of Kettell, Specimens of American Poery; American Quarterly Review [Philadelphia] 6 (September 1829) 249-50.



Of the other Philadelphians, Thomas Godfrey and Nathaniel Evans, we have less cause to be ashamed [than of James Ralph], but altogether not great reason to be proud. Godfrey's tragedy, the Prince of Parthia, is affirmed to be the first attempt at, dramatic composition which was made in America; and our editor thinks that Evans's Ode on the Prospect of Peace is "decidedly the most finished and elegant production which the literature of our country could exhibit at that date," (1761). The pre-eminence, thus decreed, authorizes us to copy at least a part of this long ode.