1835 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

William Wordsworth, 1835; Peacock, Critical Opinions of William Wordsworth (1950) 351.



Charlotte Smith: a lady to whom English verse is under greater obligations than are likely to be either acknowledged or remembered. She wrote little, and that little unambitiously, but with true feeling for rural nature, at a time when nature was not much regarded by English Poets; for in point of time her earliest writings preceded, I believe, those of Cowper and Burns.