1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Wordsworth

Anonymous, "Impromptu on hearing that Mr. Wordsworth had written Fifty Sonnets on the River Duddon" Morning Chronicle (14 November 1820).



Heaps of dead Trojans were Scamander's bane;
Dead dogs, dead cats, and dung-boats share the Seine;
A thousand shores and jakes the Thames defile,
And gradual mud is working woe to Nile;
Yet harder DUDDON'S fate — his hapless stream
Of fifty strains, by WORDSWORTH is the theme!