1820 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Notebook 17, fol. 80v, 1820 ca.; Coleridge on the Seventeenth Century (1955) 544.



Let England be Sir. P. Sidney, Shakespere, Spenser, Milton, Bacon, Harrington, Swift, Wordsworth; and never let the names of Darwin, Johnson, Hume, furr it over! — If these too must be England, let them be another England, — or rather let the first be old England, the spiritual, platonic, old England and the second with Locke at the head of the Philosophers and Pope of the poets, with the long list of Priestleys, Payleys, Hayleys, Darwins, Wm. Pitts, Dundasses, &c. &c. be representative of commercial G. Britain; these have their merits but are as alien to me, as the Mandarin Philosophers and Poets of China.