1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Pinkerton

William Cowper to Rev. William Unwin, 23 October 1785; Southey, Life and Works of Cowper (1835-37) 5:169-70.



But oh! what is Huntingford to Robert Heron, Esq.? Have you seen that man's Letters of Literature? If you have, then say with me, I beseech you, that you have seen the vainest, the cruellest, the most unjustifiable attack upon the most eminent writers that was ever made. I should long to see him well and handsomely chastised, if I did not account him beneath the notice of any man equal to the task. But he that can find no beauties in Virgil, and, which is worse, not a single instance of the sublime in Scripture, must either belie himself, or be of all creatures that live, the most destitute of taste and sensibility.