1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Lloyd

Margaret Oliphant, in The Literary History of England (1882) 28-29.



A feeble brother, subject to melancholy delusions, and with a dark vein of religious despair running through his gentle life, but of refined mind, and even mild poetic faculty, enough, according to the kind estimate of the [Lake] poets, to give him some slight footing among them in addition to the claims of friendship. They were all very kind in their estimation of the poetical satellites who circulated about them, conscientiously criticising their gentle sonnets, and applauding the little verses which the rest of us, on our low level, are apt to be impatient of. Lloyd had circulated about among them during their earlier days, going from Coleridge to Southey, and thence to Lamb, somewhat endangering, for the moment, their cordial friendship; for nobody likes to be deserted by the friend who is "domesticated" with him, for the sake of another friend, however dear.