1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Burns

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1820 ca.; in Table Talk (1834) 321.



It is very singular that no true poet should have arisen from the lower classes, when it is considered that every peasant who can read knows more of books now than did Aeschylus, Sophocles, or Homer; yet if we except Burns, none such have been.