I have read The Farmer's Boy with a mixture of astonishment and delight. There is
a pathetic simplicity in his sentiments and descriptions that does honour to his
head and heart.
His copies from Nature are truly original and faithful, and are
touched with the hand of a Master.... His versification occasionally displays an
energy and harmony which might decorate even the pages of a Darwin.
The general characteristics of his Style, however, are sweetness
and ease. In short, I have no hesitation in declaring, that I think it, as a Rural and descriptive Poem, superior
to any production since the days of Thomson.
It wants no reference to its Author's uneducated poverty to
render its excellence the more striking; they are such as would confer durable
Fame on the first and most polish'd Poet in the Kingdom.