1843 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Lisle Bowles

Edward Quillinan to Henry Crabb Robinson, 25 August 1843; Diary, Reminiscences, and Correspondence (1870; 1872) 2:244.



My love of Pope was so notorious among my school-fellows, that when any malicious boy chose to put me into a fever for fun, he would point his popgun at Pope. When Lisle Bowles made money of Pope's brains, by publishing (in my boyhood) an edition of him, in which he had the face to deny that Pope was a poet of a high order, I thought the same Lisle a mean coxcomb.