1826 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Percy Bysshe Shelley

William Wordsworth, 26 July 1826; Prose, ed. Grosart (1876) 3:503.



He [Wordsworth] spoke with deserved severity of Byron's licentiousness and contempt of religious decorum. He told us he thought the greatest of modern geniuses, had he given his powers a proper direction, and one decidedly superior to Byron, was Shelley, a young man, author of Queen Mab, who died lately at Rome.