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WILLIAM WORDSWORTH, ESQ.
THIS SELECTION OF SONNETS
WITH MUCH RESPECT AND ESTEEM,
THE Sonnet, first introduced into our language by Lord Surrey, continued to be a favourite species of writing with most of the eminent men who adorned our poetic annals, till the Restoration ; but, when that event had wrought a change in the character of our literature, it experienced a long period of neglect. French models became the study of our poets; and from the time of Milton * to that of Edwards, about the middle of the eighteenth century, this kind of composition muy be considered as entirely abandoned.
From the time of Edwards to the present,-our taste for Italian poetry having revived,—the Sonnet has been rendered popular in this country by a series of distinguished writers.
* Though Milton's Sonnets were not all published, they were all composed, before the Restoration.