1836 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

Henry Crabb Robinson, 28 December 1836; Diary, Reminiscences, and Correspondence (1870; 1872) 2:183.



Read in the Quarterly an article on Campbell, in which the nail is hit on the head in the saying that he has acquired "an immortality of quotation" — a felicitous expression. Felicitous expressions, and one or two lucky hits, are all that posterity will know of his poems. Neither imagination, nor sensibility, nor profound thought distinguishes his works; but there are such expressions as "Coming events cast their shadows before."