1850 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Cullen Bryant

Leigh Hunt, in Autobiography of Leigh Hunt (1850) 1:129-30.



I love Emerson, and Bryant, and Lowell, and some others, and all Philadelphia women in particular, for the sake of my mother; but as a nation, I can not get it out of my head, that the Americans are Englishmen with the poetry and romance taken out of them; and that there is one great counter built along their coast from north to south, behind which they are all standing like so many linendrapers. They will be far otherwise, I have no doubt, in time, and this unchristian opinion of them have come to nothing.