1829 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

Mary Howitt to Zilla Wiffen Watts, 16 November 1829; in Alaric Alfred Watts, Alaric Watts, a Narrative of his Life, by his Son (1884) 2:5.



Another of my opinions is that Campbell, excepting his Naval Odes, and some other of his smaller pieces, has been overpraised. I think him cold. He is too correct, too refined; like a plain surface of polished marble, he has smoothed himself away till he has no character left but his faultless inequality. I remember, however, admiring Gertrude very much.