1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Drummond

Charles Lamb, in "Detached Thoughts on Books" (1822); Works of Charles Lamb, ed. Lucas (1903-05) 2:174.



Shall I be thought fantastical, if I confess, that the names of some of our poets sound sweeter, and have a finer relish to the ear — to mine, at least — than that of Milton or of Shakspeare? It may be, that the latter are more staled and rung upon in common discourse. The sweetest names, and which carry a perfume in the mention, are, Kit Marlowe, Drayton, Drummond of Hawthornden, and Cowley.