1834 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Walter Savage Landor

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1 January 1834; Table Talk (1884) 268.



His poems, taken as wholes, are unintelligible; you have eminences excessively bright, and all the ground around and between them in darkness. Besides which, he has never learned, with all his energy, how to write simple and lucid English.