1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Wilson

James Hogg to Lord Byron, 26 February 1816; Byron, Letters and Journals, ed. Rowland E. Prothero (1898-1901) 1:396.



Wilson is publishing a poem entitled The City of the Palms. It is in the dramatic form and a perfect anomaly in literature. Wilson is a man of great genius and fancy, but he is intoxicated with Wordsworth and a perfect dreamer of moons, ships, seas, and solitudes. Were it not for this anti-hydrophobia (forgive my mangling of that long Greek word), I do not know what he might not be capable of.