1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

Anonymous, Review of Byron, Hours of Idleness; Poetical Register for 1806-07 (1811) 538.



That Lord Byron should have made such good use, as this volume testifies him to have done, of his hours of idleness, is much to his honour. We wish many titled personages, who shall be nameless, would employ their idle hours in a manner half so creditable. Many of Lord Byron's poems are certainly incorrect, and some are uninteresting; but others have great merit both in sentiment and expression. The collection, on the whole, gives promise, we think, of future excellence.