1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

William Wordsworth, 27 October 1820; Tom Moore's Diary, ed. Priestly (1925) 29.



Spoke of Byron's plagiarisms from him; the whole third canto of Childe Harold founded on his style and sentiments. The feeling of natural objects which is there expressed, not caught by B. from nature herself, but from him (Wordsworth), and spoiled in the transmission. Tintern Abbey the source of it all; from which same poem too the celebrated passage about Solitude, in the first canto of Childe Harold, is (he said) taken, with this difference, that what is naturally expressed by him, has been worked by Byron into a laboured and antithetical sort of declamation.