1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Robert Southey to William Taylor of Norwich, 5 September 1798; J. W. Robberds, Memoir of the Life and Writings of William Taylor (1843) 1:223.



Have you seen a volume of Lyrical Ballads, &c? They are by Coleridge and Wordsworth, but their names are not affixed. Coleridge's ballad of The Ancient Marriner is, I think, the clumsiest attempt at German sublimity I ever saw. Many of the others are very fine; and some I shall re-read, upon the principle that led me through Trissino, whenever I am afraid of writing like a child or an old woman.