1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Erasmus Darwin

Elizabeth Carter to Elizabeth Montagu, 13 June 1789; Letters to Mrs. Montagu, ed. Montagu Pennington (1817) 3:310-11 &n.



I beg your pardon for not having sooner thanked you for Dr. Darwin's poem [The Loves of the Plants]; how provoking it is that he should have lavished away such beautiful verses upon a subject in which it is impossible to feel interested.

[Note by Montagu Pennington] The event seems to have proved the justness of Mrs. Carter's criticism. Perhaps no other modern poem, in which any talent at all is distinguishable, has sunk into such speedy and complete oblivion.