1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Abraham Cowley

William Hazlitt, in English Comic Writers (1819; 1909) 78.



Cowley's Essays are among the most agreeable prose-compositions in our language, being equally recommended by sense, wit, learning, and interesting personal history, and written in a style quite free from the faults of his poetry. It is a pity that he did not cultivate his talent for prose more, and write less in verse, for he was clearly a man of more reflection than imagination.