1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alaric Alexander Watts

Charles Lamb to Alaric Alexander Watts, 22 December 1822; Letters, ed. Lucas (1935) 2:355.



Dear Sir,

I beg you to accept my
thanks for a copy of
your poems, which I
have found very elegant and
full of fancy. I had seen
and admired one of them
attributed to Lord Byron.
The volume is externally
handsome, and the poetry of
a kind, I should judge,
to have taken. But you
have described feelings too
inward, perhaps, to be
exposed to odious criticism.

I have inadvertently written this short acknowledgment sonnet fashion, — in fourteen lines — but where is the poetry!