1757 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Abraham Cowley

John Free, in Poems on Several Occasions (1757) xxx.



As for those irregular Verses let loose in the Time of Mr. Cowley, under the Denomination of Pindaricks, I believe they will hardly meet with Approbation, unless in a barbarous Age or Nation, that may be catched with the unmeasured Rhymes of a French Writer of Fables: And therefore, whoever goes about to recall these Exiles hither, I believe will fail of Success. The Mind well informed delights in Regularity. In Harmony as in all other Things, it looks for Proportion, and is always disgusted when it feels the Want of it.