Rotten Reviews: Lycidas

“The diction is harsh, the rhymes uncertain, and the numbers unpleasing…Its form is that of a pastoral–easy, vulgar and therefore disgusting.”

Samuel Johnson, Lives of the English Poets 1779

Excerpted from: Bernard, Andre, and Bill Henderson, eds. Pushcart’s Complete Rotten Reviews and Rejections. Wainscott, NY: Pushcart Press, 1998.

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