Housman on Lucan and Manilius

“Of the three poets whom he edited, Juvenal was chosen for him; Lucan and Manilius were certainly not chosen because they were special favourites. For he made no pretence of admiring them, wrote of the first that his vocabulary was as commonplace as his versification, and called the second a facile and frivolous poet, the brightest facet of whose genius was an eminent aptitude for doing sums in verse.”

-A.S.F. Gow, A.E. Housman: A Sketch (Cambridge : Cambridge University Press) p.13

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