1847 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Quarles

Sara Coleridge to Mrs. Richard Townsend, September 1847; in Memoir and Letters (1874) 320-31.



I can only mention to you Quarles, a great favourite with my Uncle Southey, and Crashaw, whose sacred poetry I think more truly poetical than any other, except Milton and Dante. I asked Mr. Wordsworth what he thought of it, and whether he did not admire it; to which he responded very warmly. My father, I recollect, admired Crashaw; but then neither Quarles nor Crashaw would be much liked by the modern general reader. They would be thought queer and extravagant.