1738 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Butler

Alexander Pope, 1738; Spence, Anecdotes, ed. Osburne (1966) 1:198-99.



Butler set out on too narrow a plan, and even that design is not kept up. He sinks into little, true particulars, about the widow, etc. The enthusiastic knight and the ignorant squire, over-religious in two different ways, and always quarreling together, is the chief point in view of it.