1811 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Southey

Henry Crabb Robinson, 29 July 1811; Diary, Reminiscences, and Correspondence (1870; 1872) 1:177.



Read four books of Thalaba, and one book of the Castle of Indolence. Thomson's poem most delightful. Surely, in the finish of such a work, there is a charm which surpasses the effect produced by the fitful and irregular beauties of a work like Southey's.