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“Italy is a work of great magnitude ; exhibiting the power, no less than the courage of a poet conscious of his strength. Its reflective passages have a rhetorical pomp and power of diction, which enchain the fancy while they address the thought.”—The Monthly Chronicle.
“This Poem of Italy may justly be described as the noblest poem that has appeared since the Childe Harold.”—The Literary Gazette.
ALSO, IN OCTAVO,
“ It would be difficult to find any poem in our contemporary poetry (to say the least) that is at once more high and holy in feeling, more appropriate in character, more lofty, yet sustained, in its style, than the Drama of · The Deluge.'”—The New Monthly Magazine.
“This is the only Roman tragedy of our day.”—Literary Gazette.
“ It abounds with passages of power and dramatic effects; it has passion, and suffering, and genuine emotion.”—Examiner.
“ Catiline, from first to last, possesses a fiery energy of style and character that bears away the reader. On the stage, it wants but the genius of a Macready to fix its character as a standard piece. The poetry, enforcing, be it noted well, the soundest moral axioms, is in full keeping with its loftily-finished scenes."--Monthly Review.
THE DRAMA OF A LIFE.
“The chief personage in the Drama is one that exists in real life, the moral influences of which are powerfully drawn; the scenes may be said to teem with thought, embracing the finest moral axioms: the character of Lillian is exquisitely conceived and embodied "-Literary Gazette.