1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Edward Smedley

Lord Byron to John Murray, 12 September 1820; Letters and Journals, ed. Rowland E. Prothero (1898-1901) 5:92-93.



Pray send me no more poetry but what is rare and decidedly good. There is such trash of Keats and the like upon my tables, that I am ashamed to look at them. I say nothing against your parsons, your Smedleys and your Crolys: it is all very fine; but pray dispense me from the pleasure, as also from Mrs. Hemans. Instead of poetry if you will favour me with a few Soda powders, I shall be delighted; but all prose (bating travels and novels NOT by Scott) is welcome, especially Scott's tales of my Landlord, and so on.