1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Chapman

Charles Lamb to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 23 October 1802; in Letters, ed. Thomas Noon Talfourd (1837) 1:236-37.



I have just finished Chapman's Homer. Did you ever read it? — it has the most continuous power of interesting you all along, like a rapid, original, of any; and in the uncommon excellence of the more finished parts goes beyond Fairfax or any of 'em. The metre is fourteen syllables, and capable of all sweetness and grandeur. Cowper's ponderous blank verse detains you every step with some heavy Miltonism; Chapman gallops off with you his own free pace.