1861 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Keats

Matthew Arnold, in Lectures on Homer, 1861; Moulton, Library of Literary Criticism (1901-05) 4:677.



Spenser's manner is more Homeric than is the manner of the one modern inheritor of Spenser's beautiful gift; the poet, who evidently caught from Spenser his sweet and easy-slipping movement, and who has exquisitely employed it; a Spenserian genius, nay, a genius by natural endowment, richer probably than even Spenser; that light which shines so unexpected and without fellow in our century, an Elizabethan born too late, the early lost and admirably gifted Keats.