chapter  2
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From an unsigned review, Gentleman’s Magazine

March 1809, LXXIX (Part I), 246–9

At length comes forth a poetical work that possesses not only the three avowedly grand recommendations of time, place, and circumstance—of such moment in all worldly matters; but, so far as regards Literature, the three no less important, though, alas! far less frequent, recommendations, of defying enemies—rendering the favourable sentiments of friends superfluous—and the quackery of the trade wholly unnecessary. The Poem is unquestionably the result of an impassioned yet diligent study of the best masters, grounded on a fine taste and very happy natural endowments. It unites much of the judgment of the Essay on Criticism, the playful yet poignant smile and frown of indignation and ridicule of The Dunciad, with the versification of the Epistle to Arbuthnot, and the acuteness of the Imitations of Horace of the same Author; at the same time that the authors think they have discovered a resemblance of the best epigrammatic points and brilliant turns of the Love of Fame.