Excerpt from The Monthly Review, or Literary Journal, Enlarged, Vol. 35: From May to August, Inclusive, 1801; With an Appendix
Joseph Cottle. 4to. Pp. 1. Ts. Boards. Longman and Rees. 1800.
During our perusal of this poem, we have frequently regretted the severity of the laws of Parnassus; which, being modelled on the performances of transcendant genius, are calculated to destroy the pretensions of moderate talents, in this highest species of poetry. When we found the pre sent author, in his preface, attacking the machinery which is deemed necessary to the Epic, and professing to have intro; tlucod a more familiar and dramatic style into his work, we could not help wishing that he had intitled it an historical.
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