1897 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Leigh Hunt

Edward Dowden, in The French Revolution and English Literature (1897) 249.



Leigh Hunt had a certain bright chivalry on behalf of whatever assumed to itself the cherished name or the aspect of Liberty; at times he could present a gallant front to her foes. But Hunt's shafts, if occasionally keen, were always light-timbered, and rather annoyed the enemy than achieved their ruin.