1828 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Collins

Edward Smedley to H. Hawkins, 28 March 1828; Poems of the late Rev. Edward Smedley (1837) 306.



Collins I have always loved. I was caught by the boldness of his imagery, before I could understand his other merits. He wants the power of unfolding his own conceptions to others, and I am by no means sure that I always attain them; but what I do apprehend is so magnificent, that I am inclined to call in the aid of implicit faith for that which is dark. He is a poet much above popularity.