1817 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Cornelius Webbe

John Gibson Lockhart, "On the Cockney School of Poetry" Blackwood's Magazine 2 (October 1817) 38.



Our talk shall be (a theme we never tire on)
Of Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron,
(Our England's Dante) — Wordsworth — HUNT, and KEATS,
The Muses' son of promise; and of what feats
He yet may do.
CORNELIUS WEBB.

While the whole critical world is occupied with balancing the merits, whether in theory or in execution, of what is commonly called THE LAKE SCHOOL, it is strange that no one seems to think it at all necessary to say a single word about another new school of poetry which has of late sprung up among us. This school has not, I believe, as yet received any name; but if I may be permitted to have the honour of christening it, it may henceforth be referred to by the designation of THE COCKNEY SCHOOL.