1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Lyttelton

John Aikin, in Letters to a Young Lady (1806) 258.



The poems of Lord LYTTELTON may be recommended to you, as certain to afford some pleasure, and free from every thing that can offend. Elegance of language, delicacy and propriety of sentiment, and an even tenour of correct versification are their characteristics. These are qualities, indeed, to be found in many of the poets of a refined age, and of themselves are insufficient to raise a writer to distinction; but Lyttleton has some peculiar claims to notice, particularly from the fair sex. He appears to have felt the tender passion with equal ardour and purity, and to have fulfilled every duty both of a lover and a husband.