1829 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Daniel Bryan

John Neal, Review of Bryan, Lay of Gratitude, Appeal; The Yankee and Boston Literary Gazette [Portland] NS 2 (November 1829) 280.



This author has been strangely overlooked by the whole body of our reviewers. And yet, a goodly portion of the two volumes on our table is quite superior in strength, beauty and meaning to much of our popular poetry. It is true that he seldom or never startles or amazes the reader; and it is equally true that many of his lines are feeble, and some of his thoughts low; but nonetheless, there are passages of considerable power scattered over the worst pages, and here and there thoughts of unquestionable and extraordinary beauty.