1817 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Cornelius Webbe

John Keats to Benjamin Bayley, 3 November 1817; Works, ed. H. Buxton Forman (1901) 4:42-43.



There has been a flaming attack upon Hunt in the [Blackwood's] Edinburgh Magazine ... to which they have prefixed a Motto from one Cornelius Webb, Poetaster — who unfortunately was of our Party occasionally at Hampstead and took it into his head to write the following, — something about "we'll talk on Wordsworth Byron — a theme we never tire on;" and so forth till he comes to Hunt and Keats. In the Motto they have put Hunt and Keats in large Letters — I have no doubt that the second Number was intended for me....