1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Thomas Fitzgerald

Robert Southey to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1 January 1800; New Letters, ed. Curry (1965) 1:214.



The Gentlemen of the Literary Fund are about to commence a review I hear — now these Gentlemen write books themselves — and when one Gentleman reviews another Gentleman's poetry — what pretty gentleman-like criticism we shall have! There is Boscawen who did Horace into English — as probably his bookseller has most reason to remember, and W. T. Fitzgerald, who wrote rhymes upon Marie Antoinette — a dying speech and confession poet, and Mister Pye who makes his country ashamed of Naval Dominion, and who has also fallen foul upon Alfred! God have mercy on his soul — Blackmore first and then Henry James Pye — and twenty four books besides! — but these Gentlemen Critics who will be so civil to one another must vary their review by a little severity — and that must fall upon the poor writers who are not Gentlemen.