1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Chalmers

Robert Southey, in Review of Chalmers's English Poets; Quarterly Review 11 (July 1814) 482.



Mr. Chalmers is incompetent to the task which he undertook; he has not the requisite knowledge, and is still more lamentably deficient in the requisite judgment; and not being contented to appear in the character of a mere reprinter, in which capacity he might have deserved well of the public, he has ventured to thrust himself forward as a critic also, and to decide upon what he does not understand.