1821 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bryan Waller Procter

Lord Byron to John Murray, 4 January 1821; Letters and Journals, ed. Rowland E. Prothero (1898-1901) 5:217.



I just see, by the papers of Galignani, there is a new tragedy of great expectation, by Barry Cornwall: of what I have read of his works I liked the Dramatic Sketches, but thought his Sicilian Story and Marcian Colonna, in rhyme, quite spoilt by I know not what affectation of Wordsworth, and Hunt, and Moore, and Myself, all mixed up into a kind of Chaos. I think him very likely to produce a good tragedy, if he keep to a natural style, and not play tricks to form Harlequinades for an audience. As he (B. C. is not his true name) was a school-fellow of mine, I take more than common interest in his success, and shall be glad to hear of it speedily.