1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Love Peacock

Margaret Oliphant, in The Literary History of England (1882) 3:185-86.



His mixture of fine understanding and prejudice, of brilliant dialectic skill and pugnacious wrongheadedness is as remarkable as his power. These were days in which men were not ashamed to give their prejudices full scope, and to characterize their enemies with unscrupulous vigour. And Peacock had all the hostilities of his literary sect — with a furious contempt for the critics, especially Jeffrey and his brotherhood, and a hatred still deeper for the excellent Southey, who — one scarcely can tell how — seems to have been singled out as the recipient of all the vials of their wrath.