1817 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Montagu

John Keats to John Hamilton Reynolds, 21 September 1817; in Letters, ed. Forman (1931; 1947) 45.



These Devils are a set of Women, who having taken a snack or Luncheon of Literary scraps, set themselves up for towers of Babel in Languages — Sapphos in Poetry — Euclids in Geometry, and everything in nothing. Among such the name of Montague has been preeminent. The thing has made a very uncomfortable impression on me.