1830 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Jane Warton

William Wordsworth to Alexander Dyce, May 1830; Letters of the Wordsworth Family, ed. Knight (1907) 2:421.



British poetesses make but a poor showing in the Poems by Eminent Ladies. But observeing how injudicious that selection is in the case of Lady Winchelsea, and of Mrs. Aphra Behn (from whose attempts they are miserable copious), I have thought something better might have been chosen by more competent persons who had access to the volumes of the several writers.... A beautiful elegy of Miss Warton (sister to the poets of that name) upon the death of her father has escaped your notice; nor can I refer you to it. Has the Duchess of Newcastle written much verse?