1897 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Walter Savage Landor

Edward Dowden, in The French Revolution and English Literature (1897) 259.



The heroic ideals of Landor's imagination, derived in part from communion with the greatest natural aristocrats of all time, helped to save his verse and his prose from the violence and egotism which often confused his life, and which often cleared away as suddenly, like clouds before the wind and sun. He toiled indeed at his art with an intemperate rage that exhausted him; but it was to produce a form of marmoreal purity and permanence, to discover the laws and the lines of majesty or ideal grace.