1836 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ebenezer Elliott

William Wordsworth, 29 January 1836; Henry Crabb Robinson, Diary, Reminiscences, and Correspondence (1870; 1872) 2:171.



Wordsworth speaks highly of the author of Corn Law Rhymes. He says: "None of us have done better than he has in his best, though there is a deal of stuff arising from his hatred of existing things. Like Byron, Shelley, &c., he looks on much with an evil eye." Wordsworth likes his later things the best, and mentioned the "Ranter" as containing some fine passages. "Elliott has a fine eye for nature. He is an extraordinary man."