1844 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Keble

William Wordsworth, 5 March 1844; Memoir by Lady Richardson; Prose, ed. Grosart (1876) 3:441.



On our drive, [Wordsworth] mentioned, with marked pleasure, a dedication written by Mr. Keble, and sent to him for his approval, and for his permission to have it prefixed to Mr. Keble's new volumes of Latin Lectures on Poetry delivered at Oxford. Mr. Wordsworth said that he had never seen any estimate of his poetical powers, or more especially of his aims in poetry, that appeared to him so discriminating and so satisfactory. He considers praise a perilous and a difficult thing.