1821 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Wordsworth

Felicia Hemans to Miss Jewsbury, 1821 ca.; Memorials of Mrs. Hemans, ed. Chorley (1836) 1:173-74.



The inclosed lines, an effusion of deep and sincere admiration, will give you some idea of the enjoyment, and, I hope I may say, advantage, which you have been the means of imparting, by so kindly entrusting me with your precious copy of Wordsworth's Miscellaneous Poems. It has opened to me such a treasure of thought and feeling, that I shall always associate your name with some of pleasantest recollections, as having introduced me to the knowledge of what I can only regret should have been so long a "Yarrow unvisited." I would not write to you sooner, because I wished to tell you that I had really studied these poems, and they have been the daily food of my mind ever since I borrowed them. There is hardly any scene of a happy, though serious, domestic life, or any mood of a reflective mind, with the spirit of which some one or other of them does not beautifully harmonize. This author is the true Poet of Home, and of all the lofty feelings which have their root in the soil of home affections.