1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Walter Savage Landor

Leigh Hunt, in Feast of the Poets (1814) 118n.



Mr. Walter Savage Landor, a very worthy person, I believe, and author of an epic piece of gossiping called Gebir, upon the strength of which Mr. Southey dedicated to him his Curse of Kehama. There is really one good passage in Gebir about a sea-shell, and the author is one of those dealers in eccentric obscurity, who might promise to become something if they were boys; but these gentlemen have now been full grown for some time, and are equally too old and too stubborn to alter. I forbear to rake up the political allusions in a poem which nobody knows; and shall say as little about those in Mr. Southey's Joan of Arc, &c. but they are such as should make the Laureat and his friends cautious how they resented other people's opinions and dealt about epithets of indignity.