1805 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Walter Savage Landor

Anonymous, Review of Landor, Gebir, 2d edition; Poetical Register and Repository of Fugitive Poetry for 1803 (1805) 452.



In spite of many imperfections this poem speaks the author to be a man of genius. Many of the images are such as could only have been conceived by the mind of a poet. There is also great beauty in some of the descriptive parts. But there is one grand fault which runs through the whole of the poem — this fault is obscurity. So obscure are some passages that the author, conscious himself of the defect, has added notes to explain his meaning! It would have been far better had he made the passage itself clear enough to be understood.