1830 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

George Barrell Cheever, in Studies in Poetry ... A copious Collection of Elegant Extracts (1830) 353.



Very little of Byron's poetry can be read without a most destructive influence upon the moral sensibilities. Humiliating was the waste and degradation of his genius, and melancholy is the power, which his poetry has exerted upon multitudes of minds. Some of his volumes are more pernicious in their moral tendency than any other books that were ever written. His complete works, ought never to be purchased, and we may feel proud not to be acquainted with them except by extracts, and beauties; — of these there will always be sufficient to satisfy the curiosity, exhibit the character of his genius, and give the imagination all the delight which it can innocently receive from the perusal of any portion of his writings.