1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Beattie

John Keats to George and Georgiana Keats, January 1819; Works, ed. H. Buxton Forman (1901) 4:201.



The more we know the more inadequacy we discover in the world to satisfy us — this is an old observation; but I have made up my Mind never to take any thing for granted — but even to examine the truth of the commonest proverbs — This however is true — Mrs. Tighe and Beattie once delighted me — now I see through them and can find nothing in them — or weakness — and yet how many they still delight! Perhaps a superior being may look upon Shakespeare in the same light — is it possible? No —