1826 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Lamb

William Hazlitt, in The Plain Speaker (1826), ed. Smith, Donne: The Critical Heritage (1975) 289.



But with what a gusto would he describe his favourite authors, Donne, or Sir Philip Sidney, and call their most crabbed passages delicious! He tried them on his palate as epicures taste olives, and his observations had a smack in them, like a roughness on the tongue.