1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Chapman

Charles Lamb to Charles Abraham Elton, 17 August 1824?; Works of Charles Lamb, ed. Lucas (1903-05) 7:650-51.



Your commendation of Master Chapman arrideth me. Can any one read the pert modern Frenchify'd notes, &c., in Pope's translation, and contrast them with solemn weighty prefaces of Chapman, writing in full faith, as he evidently does, of the plenary inspiration of his author — worshipping his meanest scraps and relics as divine — without one sceptical misgiving of their authenticity, and doubt which was the properest to expound Homer to their countrymen. Reverend Chapman! you have red his hymn to Pan (the Homeric) — why, it is Milton's blank verse clothed with rhyme. Paradise Lost could scarce lose, could it be so accoutred.