In the seventeenth century a dissociation of sensibility set in from which we have never recovered; and this dissociation, as isnatural, was dueto the influence of the two most powerful poets of the century, Milton and Dryden.
Ev'n copious Dryden, wanted, or forgot, The last and greatest art, the art to blot.Alexander Pope
Thou shalt believe in Milton, Dryden, Pope; Thou shalt not set up Wordsworth,Coleridge, Southey; Because the first is crazed beyond all hope, The second drunk, the third so quaint and mouthey: With Crabbe it may be difficult to cope, And Campbell's Hippocrene is somewhat drouthy: Thou shalt not steal from Samuel Rogers, nor Commit flirtation with the muse of Moore.Rochdale
E'en copious Dryden wanted, or forgot, The last and greatest art the art to blot.Alexander Pope
By Sir Samuel Garth, John Dryden et al., 1717