1829 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Ellis

John Clare to Henry Francis Cary, 3 January 1829; R. W. King, The Translator of Dante (1925) 227.



I know nothing of the writings of the old Poets further than the Specimens of Ellis and the Songs of Ritson, but the idea of their manner is all I want to be acquainted with — I had read that Marvel was a great advocate for liberty and as death is a great leveller I thought it would add to the disguise to father upon him that subject. I have written several others for Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Henry Wooton, etc., etc.; the old manner is all that I attempt, with sprinkling a few old words [h]ere and there.