1843 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Walter Savage Landor

William Wordsworth, 1843; Prose, ed. Grosart (1876) 3:146.



Sea-shells of many descriptions were common in the town [Cockermouth], and I was not a little surprised when I heard Mr. Landor had denounced me as a Plagiarist from himself for having described a boy applying a sea-shell to his ear, and listening to it for intimation of what was going on in its native element. This I had done myself scores of times, and it was a brief among us that we could know from the sound whether the tide was ebbing or flowing