1833 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Leigh Hunt

Allan Cunningham, in "Biographical and Critical History of the Literature of the last Fifty Years" The Athenaeum (16 November 1833) 772.



LEIGH HUNT has scarcely obtained such fame as his talents deserve. His Rimini, though not without affectation, has high merit, both in conception of character, and conduct of story; there is a singular ease and richness of expression, a quick sensibility, and a ready feeling for beauty, both of nature and life; he drops in, now and then, as if by accident, a homely but expressive phrase, which awakens many fine associations. His prose is gossiping, graceful, and searching, and charms many readers.