1817 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anne Grant

Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe to Archibald Constable, 1817 ca.; Archibald Constable and his Literary Correspondents (1873) 2:351-52.



I'm told that Blackwood has engaged half a dozen boarding-school girls, with Mrs. Grant of Laggan at their head, or rather tail, to furnish his Magazine with poetry. Don't this remind you of the lines in Dryden's Mackflecknoe as descriptive of the work?—

A nursery erects its head,
Where queens are form'd, and future heroes bred—
Where infant punks their tender voices try,
And little Maximins the gods defy.