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Odes on Several Subjects.

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Odes on Several Subjects.

By Mark Akenside


Unlike his ‘Pleasures of the Imagination,’ but very much like his Whiggish politics, Akenside’s ‘Odes’ met with a dismissive reception from Samuel Johnson in his ‘Lives of the Poets.’ Posterity, though, has been notably kinder, and both Wordsworth and Coleridge acknowledged the influen…

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