1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Southey

Lord Byron, Journal 22 November 1813; Letters and Journals, ed. Rowland E. Prothero (1898-1901) 2:331.



Southey I have not seen much of. His appearance is epic, and he is the only existing entire man of letters. All the others have some pursuit annexed to their authorship. His manners are mild, but not those of a man of the world, and his talents of the first order. His prose is perfect. Of his poetry there are various opinions; there is, perhaps, too much of it for the present generation; posterity will probably select. He has passages equal to anything. At present he has a party, but no public — except for his prose writings. The life of Nelson is beautiful.