1842 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Chatterton

William Wordsworth, 17 January 1842; Henry Crabb Robinson, Diary, Reminiscences, and Correspondence (1870; 1872) 2:130.



I asked Wordsworth, this evening, wherein Chatterton's excellence lay. He said his genius was universal; he excelled in every species of composition; so remarkable an instance of precocious talent being quite unexampled. His prose was excellent; and his power of of picturesque description and satire great.