1837 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Blake

Walter Savage Landor, 1837; in John Forster, Landor, a Biography (1869) 508-09.



At an old bookseller's in Bristol he [Landor] picked up some of the writings of Blake, and was strangely fascinated by them. He was anxious to have collected as many more as he could, and enlisted me in the service; but he as much wanted patience for it as I wanted time, and between us it came to nothing. He protested that Blake had been Wordsworth's prototype, and wished they could have divided his madness between them; for that some accession of it in the one case, and something of a diminution of it in the other, would very greatly have improved both.