1833 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Robert Burton

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1833; in Robert Aris Willmott, "S. T. Coleridge at Trinity" in Conversations at Cambridge (1836) 31.



Let me say a word in praise of this admirable book, which could draw Johnson from his bed two hours before he was willing to rise. The quaintness of his style, sometimes rising into strains of wonderful dignity and eloquence, — the fertility of his invention, the extent of his learning, the multitude of his illustrations, — all contribute to render the Anatomy of Melancholy one of the most entertaining books in the language. The independence of his character, I confess, offers an additional attraction to me.