1811 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe to Walter Scott, 22 October 1811; Letters from and to Charles Kirkpatrick Sharp (1888) 1:442-43.



Apropos of epistles, I have just finished Miss Anna Seward's, in six volumes! Her poetical flowers remind me of a hortus siccus — flat, dray, and bookish, but still they are flowers, and she has a great deal of sense now and then, so her posthumous work should have been exceedingly compressed; she would have appeared to much greater advantage had she come out in the shape of the Lady Parvula, presenting her New Year's gift to the Lord Minimus.