1830 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Fergusson

William Wordsworth in Memoir by Lady Richardson; Prose, ed. Grosart (1876) 3:453.



He intended to reply, that Burns's lines to Fergusson would be a much more appropriate tribute than anything he could write; and he went on to say that Burns owed much to Fergusson, and that he had taken the plan of many of his poems from Fergusson, and the measure also. He did not think this at all detracted from the merit of Burns, for he considered it a much higher effort of genius to excel in degree, than to strike out what may be called an original poem.