1823 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bryan Waller Procter

Countess of Blessington's Conversations with Lord Byron, 1823 ca.; Allibone, Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1858-71; 1882) 2:1696.



Byron is a great admirer of the poetry of Barry Cornwall, which he says is full of imagination and beauty, possessing a refinement and delicacy, that whilst they add all the charms of a woman's mind take off none of the force of a man's. He expressed his hope that he would devote himself to tragedy, saying that he was sure he would become one of the first writers of the day.