1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Park

Robert Southey to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 30 January 1803; Life and Correspondence (1849-50) 2:203-04.



[Cowper's] letters are not what one does expect, and yet what one ought to expect, for Cowper was not a strong-minded man even in his best moments. The very few opinions that he gave upon authors are quite ludicrous; he calls Mr. Park

that comical spark,
Who wrote to ask me for a Joan of Arc.

"One of our best hands" in poetry. Poor wretched man!