1822 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Lamb

Alaric Alexander Watts to William Blackwood, 1822 ca.; Margaret Oliphant, William Blackwood and his Sons (1897) 1:501.



Charles Lamb delivers himself with infinite pain and labour of a silly piece of trifling, every month, in this Magazine, under the signature of Elia. It is the curse of the Cockney School that, with all their desire to appear exceedingly off-hand and ready with all they have to say, they are constrained to elaborate every petty sentence, as though the web were woven from their own bowels. Charles Lamb says he can make no way in an article under at least a week.