1836 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Howitt

Allan Cunningham to Alaric Alexander Watts, 10 October 1836; in Alaric Alfred Watts, Alaric Watts, a Narrative of his Life, by his Son (1884) 2:209.



I almost envy you your country air and the neighbourhood of the Howitts — husband and wife are both alike extraordinary; but Mary long since captivated me by the perfect simplicity and truth of her poetry. Her sentiment is even superior to her language, a rare beauty in these times, when the leaves conceal the fruit on so many of the trees of knowledge.