1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Frank Sayers

William Lisle Bowles to Frank Sayers, 27 November 1807; Sayers, Poetical Works, ed. Taylor (1830) lxxx.



Sir,

I beg leave to thank you most cordially for the volume of poems you were so kind as to transmit by my friend W. Linley. Of course I was no stranger to the name of Sayers, nor to the northern Dramatic Sketches, which I have read with increased pleasure. To the first poem, the descent of Frea, no words from me could do justice. The wildness of the circumstances and characters, the novelty and sublimity of the imagery, the rich and appropriate diction, and the unity and simplicity of the conduct, in my opinion place it far above anything in Gray. The Giant-Killer is perfectly original, and in its way inimitable. And the sonnet on Uncle Joe is a most excellent burlesque of affected simplicity, which is to me far more offensive in writing than any other affectation. If any thing should bring you toward Bath, I hope I need not say how happy I should be to receive you at Bremhill, and am with the greatest respect,

Sir,

Your obliged humble Servant,

W. L. Bowles.