1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Hole

Lord Byron, Reply to Blackwood's Magazine (1819); Letters and Journals, ed. Rowland E. Prothero (1898-1901) 4:488.



Notwithstanding Mr. Wordsworth's having pressed Milton into his service as one of those not presently popular, to favour his own purpose of proving that our grandchildren will read him (the said William Wordsworth,) I would recommend him to begin first with our grandmothers. But he need not be alarmed; he may yet live to see all the envies pass away, as Darwin, and Seward, and Hoole, and Hole, and Hoyle have passed away; but their declension will not be his ascension: he is essentially a bad writer, and all the failures of others can never strengthen him.