1747 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Lyttelton

Catherine Talbot to Elizabeth Carter, 1747; Censura Literaria 8 (1808) 202.



Have you seen the Monody? To see it, and admire it, will, I imagine, be, with you, the same thing; if sentiment the most affectionate, images the most natural, expressions elegant and poetical, and all the soft varied harmony of numbers, have charms enough to make you overlook some inequalities. I never saw any thing that seemed to flow more from the heart — though whether the heart would be apt to print and publish I cannot determine; people's ways of thinking are so very different, that in those sorts of things there is no judging of others by oneself. For myself, wherever I feel the most, I am incapable of saying any thing.