1833 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Wordsworth

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 16 February 1833; Table Talk (1884) 193.



Although Wordsworth and Goethe are not much alike, to be sure, upon the whole; yet they both have this peculiarity of utter non-sympathy with the subjects of their poetry. They are always, both of them, spectators ab extra — feeling for, but never with, their characters. Schiller is a thousand times more hearty than Goethe.