1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Crabbe

William Wordsworth to Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen, 1819; The Brothers Wiffen, ed. Pattison (1880) 38.



Of Crabbe, he spoke in terms of almost unmingled praise, conceiving that his works would be turned to, with curiosity, and pleasure, when the rapid march of improvement, in another century had altered the manners, and situation, of the peasantry of England, referring, in proof of his proposition, to the delight we have, in tracing, in the characters of Shakspeare, the customs and rites of times, now obsolete.