1763 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Julius Mickle

George Lyttelton to William Julius Mickle, 15 July 1763; Mickle, Poetical Works (1806) xxii.



I have read with the greatest pleasure the very beautiful Ode [Pollio] you did me the favour to send me. The correction of a few lines would make it as perfect as any thing of the kind in the language. When I have the pleasure of seeing you, I will take the liberty of shewing you what I think are the faults, and will now only observe, that short poems, such as this, require the highest polish, and ought not to have one inelegant or unharmonious word.