1831 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Sotheby

Thomas Babington Macaulay to Hannah M. Macaulay, 10 June 1831; Life and Letters, ed. Trevelyan; Moulton, Library of Literary Criticism (1901-05) 5:205.



Sotheby was full of his translation of Homer's Iliad, some specimens of which he has already published. It is a complete failure, more literal than that of Pope, but still tainted with the deep radical vice of Pope's version, a thoroughly modern and artificial manner. It bears the same kind of relation to the Iliad that Robertson's narrative bears to the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis.