1851 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

Robert Pearse Gillies, in Memoirs of a Literary Veteran (1851) 3:184.



Surely, no English poet ever founded his extensive reputation on less extent of paper and print than Thomas Campbell, unless we cite Thomas Gray. The vivida vis of literary life in each instance seemed to have been concentrated within a few bright hours, the lustre of which was so powerful that it remains unclouded and undiminished up to the present date. So great was his reputation in 1827, that if he had possessed the faculty of a Lopez de Vega as to facility and rapidity in composition, his yearly income might have been very ample. But he possessed no such facility, and he detested book-making.