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her infant iony he happily preserves throughout great part of his wnrlc the pleasingly pa nful uncertainty of the dtama. Mr. Cottle seems to dwell with preuliar delight up. n the representations of tht gent'er passions. He strives rathei to melt the heart than to nerve the arm of heroism. He has adopted, as his model, tre Odyssey in prricrerc** to the Iliad. Tliojgh he treads through tie field* of blond and fl ughrer, he avoids entering into the dctril of the horrible works of war. H>mer ha dtH-icteti violent dea'h in such a var.rry os frightful forms that the subject is exhausted la the course of our perusal < f this wcrlc we Wad mailed mary passages which appeared to us to d'splay those fine touches which designate the hand us a iraster. But we are arrived at the extremity of our limits; and, however pleasant it might be toquotcand comment uron luch passages, we mull here close our rcn.arks, in full cnrii.iir.ee ihat they have intrinsic merit enough to attract the notice of our readrrs of talle ad feeling." Crii. Rrv. Fet. 1801.
"It is not a tittle furprisir.g, that whilst some of our first-rate poets resorted to fa' ulous limes for heroes, &c. Alfred sh< u d have escaped their notice D'Urfev's historical balla/J of Alfred is the only piece of English verse in which that monarch it celebrated, till Mr. Cottle hit upon one os the most faithful (ubjfctj in nur own, or perhaps in any other language; and it ia but mere justice tn fay, that he has performed the pleasing taste with great ability, and in manv instances, with success. It would nbt be fair to try him by the rigid rules of epic poetry, which he h.is, in cur opinion, very justly rejected, on a thetne that would bear him without them.'' Gent. Mag- Oil. i8co.
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"W? atkn. wleJgeliis claims to great abilities j and readily confess that he has produced a simple and investing story, which many will read with delight; particularly thole wno piefer tht- unvarnished incidents of humble and domest'C life to tiie more elevated and gaudy scenes, where the imagination is constantly on the rvck to produce characters and circumstances far above the reach of human manors, and ex'nling only in the rapturous vsions of poe'ic fancy The leader will p ncive, th t ihrre is no great opportunity fur the exercise of a vigorous fancy; nut if he will be si'isfied with' a plain unvarnished tale of humble and simple life, he will be sure to find a considerable portion of amusement
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f In the author of this swe_rtly simple and interesting poem, we are presented avith another st.-iking iUustiatijn ot' the remark, fseta najciiur, tun fit. This
favoured c'.ild of genius and the muse, who, with no ajscititinus advantages of birth, fottune, education, or connection, has produced a poem which may be read with delight, even aft r Thompson, and, in Lmc respects, may challenge a competition vvicli theSMjoMof that author." Mtmtkly Mirrts, M-irib 1S00.
"To describe the various occupations of a farmer's buy, in the four seasons of the year, is the main design of the poem j and however humble theie employments may appear as objects of poetical attention, the very ingenious wiiier has contrived to embel ilh their rusticity and meanness with a harmony of numbers, which could not be expected from an uncultivated mind; to soften the hauWss ot minute detail by blending apt and pictuiesqar descriptions; and Co enliven he whole by stroke* of poetic imagery, and unaffected sentiment. The poem certainly discovers very clearly the powers ofnaiural and unaffected genius"
Monthly Review, vol. 33. p. 57.
"I have read the Farmer's Boy with a mixture of astonishment and delight- Ther* is a pathetic .simplicity in his sentiments and ueicriptiuns that does honour to his head and heart.
"His copies from nature are truly original and faithful, and are touched with the hand of a master. His versification occasionally dilp ays an energy and harmony which might decorate even the pages of a DarvvSn.
"The general characteristics of his style, however, are sweetness and ease. In short, 1 h«ve no htluat on in declaring, that 1 tin 1c it, as a rurul *mi r'e/criftive f*emf superior tu any production since the d iys of Thompson.
*< It wai.ts no re.etence lo its author's uneducated poverty to render its excellence the more linking; they are such aa wouiti confer durable same on the hist and most polished poet in the kingdom."
Exfafl (/a Letter from Dr. Drake f» tie E.mor.
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