1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Whitehead

Anna Seward to Court Dewes, 27 May 1785; Letters, ed. Scott (1811) 1:69.



So we have lost the poet laureat. I always thought Mr. Whitehead's abilities too considerable for that rhyming drudgery; and now a yet greater bard undertakes the labouring oar of the boat which is to row our Monarch over one of the Pierian rivers.