1825 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Abraham Cowley

Henry Mackenzie, Anecdotes and Egotisms, 1825 ca.; ed. Thompson (1927) 156.



In my younger days Cowley was the favourite poet of all female readers; and criticism was not then so far advanced as to see the defects in his poetry, those false conceits which he indulged contrary to nature and good taste. It must, however, be confessed, I think, that there is a pensive tenderness in his poems that gives them a ready accordance with minds of sensibility, and leads to the feeling and practice of virtue.