1848 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Reginald Heber

Edgar Allan Poe, "Marginalia CCXXIII" 1848 ca; Works (1853) 3:595.



The qualities of Heber are well understood. His poetry is of a high order. He is imaginative, glowing, and vigorous, with a skill in the management of his means unsurpassed by that of any writer of his time, but without any high degree of originality. Can there be anything in the nature of a "classical" life at war with novelty per se? At all events, few fine scholars, such as Heber truly was, are original.