1830 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Southey

George Barrell Cheever, in Studies in Poetry ... A copious Collection of Elegant Extracts (1830) 312.



"Southey's talent for poetry lies chiefly in fancy and the invention of his subject. His oriental descriptions, characters, and fables, are wonderfully striking and impressive; but there is an air of extravagance in them, and his versification is abrupt, affected, and repulsive. In his early poetry there is a vein of patriotic fervour, and mild and beautiful moral reflection."