1843 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Wordsworth

Walter Savage Landor, 1843; Forster, Landor, a Biography (1869) 569.



There are admirable poems which demand relays. You cannot lay down Chaucer or Shakespeare. Spenser falls out of your hands in the midst of his enchantments. The longest of Wordsworth's poems I can get through without a relay is Michael; and there is not much in the old poets that we can call the classic (since Ovid) which is worth this.