1811 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Southey

Reginald Heber to E. D. Davenport, 16 February 1811; Life of Reginald Heber (1830) 1:349.



The Curse of Kehama is, on the whole, the finest thing which Southey has yet produced, and will, I think, please you greatly. (I have desired Emily [Mrs. Heber] to take the volume in the carriage with her on her present visit.) He particularly excels in the representation of a loud and powerful noise; and his descriptions of nuptial rejoicings and the bellowing of fiends, are perhaps two of the most clamorous and sonorous pieces of poetry in the English language.