1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Keats

Henry Crabb Robinson, 8 December 1820; Diary, Reminiscences, and Correspondence (1870; 1872) 1:366.



I read a little of Keats's poems to the Alder's, — the beginning of Hyperion, — really a piece of great promise. There are a force, wildness, and originality in the works of this young poet which, if his perilous journey to Italy does not destroy him, promise to place him at the head of the next generation of poets. Lamb places him next to Wordsworth, — not meaning any comparison, for they are dissimilar.