1811 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Kirke White

Lord Byron to R. C. Dallas, 21 August 1811; Letters and Journals, ed. Rowland E. Prothero (1898-1901) 1:336-38.



I am sorry you don't like Harry White: with a great deal of cant, which in him was sincere (indeed it killed him as you killed Joe Blackett), certes there is poesy and genius. I don't say this on account of my simile and rhymes; but surely he was beyond all the Bloomfields and Blacketts, and their collateral cobblers, whom Lofft and Pratt have or will kidnap from their calling into the service of the trade. You must excuse my flippancy, for I am writing I know not what, to escape from myself.