1826 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Anonymous, in "Anecdotical Recollections" New Monthly Magazine NS 19 (June 1826) 564.



In conversation about authors borrowing from each other, I observed to Mr. — that Mr. Coleridge could not be accused of this in Christabel, for certainly the poem was original, whatever opinions might be held against its merits. "Nonsense," he replied; "the very 'To whit to whoo' is borrowed." From whom? I inquired. "Why, from the 2d book of old Quarles, in his Emblems," replied the cynic; "look for it — 'To wit — to woe' — it is rank plagiarism!"