1829 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Felicia Hemans

Thomas Campbell, 10 December 1829; William Beattie, Life and Letters of Thomas Campbell (1849) 3:60.



My praise of her, little as she needs it, is at least disinterested; but she seems to me a genius singularly fitted for the accompaniment of your graceful and noble musical powers. She may not be the boldest and deepest of female geniuses, though the richness of her vein is very sterling; but, to my taste, she is the most elegant [lyric] poetess that England has produced.