1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Bysshe

Robert Southey, 29 June 1824, in Life and Correspondence (1849-50) 1:118.



Among my aunt's books was the first volume of Bysshe's Art of Poetry, which, worthless as it is, taught me at that age [about twelve] the principle upon which blank verse is constructed, and thereby did me good service at a good time.