1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Charles Lamb, 17 January 1812, Henry Crabb Robinson, Diary, Reminiscences, and Correspondence (1870; 1872) 1:193.



At ten went to Barron Field's. Charles Lamb and Leigh Hunt there. I found they had had a discussion about Coleridge, whom Hunt had spoken of as a bad writer, while Lamb thought him the first man he ever knew. Lamb, in his droll and extravagant way, abused every one who denied the transcendent merits of Coleridge's writings.