1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Laetitia Barbauld

Anonymous, in Blackwood's Magazine 12 (November 1822) 658.



Old Mrs Barbauld's early pieces were worked up into some little classical medallions for inlaying boudoir book-cases; but all the supernumerary copies of her 'brochure,' called Eighteen-hundred and eleven, were fashioned into penny trumpets for the American market. With them, that philanthropic and intellectual nation may, in spite of domestic slavery and total want of a native literature, sound till their cheeks crack, their own praises and superiority over England.