1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Walter Savage Landor

Anna Seward to Henry John Todd, 11 June 1802; Letters, ed. Scott (1811) 6:29.



I have not, and I shall not make an experiment upon my stoicism, by exploring the malice in the Critical Review to which you allude; though I think I could stand it unwounded, beneath the reflection that I have seen that tract lavishing encomium on the most unintelligible fustian that ever bore the name of an epic poem. It called itself Gebir. Southey told a friend of mine lately, that it was the finest poetic work which had appeared these fifty years. So Johnson stilted up Blackmore.