1847 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Keble

Sara Coleridge to Mrs. Richard Townsend, September 1847; Memoir and Letters (1874) 320.



But though sacred poetry abounds, good sacred poetry is more scarce than poetry of any other sort. I do but half like The Christian Year, I confess; but this you will think bad taste in me, though I could quote some poetical authorities on my side. I admire some stanzas and some whole poems in the collection exceedingly, but they seem to me quite teasingly beset with faults both of diction and composition. Of these, the former annoy me most, and most interfere with my pleasure in reading them. I know no other mass of poetry so good, that is not at the same time better, showing more poetic are and judgment.