1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Thomas Love Peacock to Percy Bysshe Shelley, 28 February 1822; T. L. Peacock, ed. Richard Garnett (1910) 94-95.



The poetry of your Adonais is very beautiful; but when you write you never think of your audience. The number who understand you, and sympathise with you, is very small. If you would consider who and what the readers of poetry are, and adapt your compositions to the depth of their understandings, and the current of their sympathies, you would attain the highest degree of poetical fame.