1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Wilson

Lord Byron to John Murray, 10 October 1819; Letters and Journals, ed. Rowland E. Prothero (1898-1901) 4:384-85.



I have not the patience, nor do I feel interest enough in the question, to contend with the fellows in their own slang; but I perceive Mr. Blackwood Magazine and one or two others of your missives have been hyperbolical in their praise, and diabolical in their abuse. I like and admire Wilson, and he should not have indulged himself in such outrageous license [as the review of Don Juan — not by Wilson]: it is overdone and defeats itself. What would he say to the grossness without passion, and the misanthropy without feeling, of Gulliver's Travels?