1828 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hazlitt

Felicia Hemans, 1828 ca.; Memorials of Mrs. Hemans, ed. Chorley (1836) 2:23-24.



Upon looking over the dramatic specimens which I had promised to send you, I was distressed to find the titles of some of the plays so very coarse, though the scenes have been carefully chosen, that I really did not like to forward you the book. If, however, you do not take alarm at "the word of fear," "Lectures," I think you will find in the accompanying volume of Hazlitt's a great deal that is interesting, and many selections from those olden poets which will give you an idea of their force and sweetness "drawn from the well of English undefiled."