1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

Lord Byron, in Reply to Blackwood's Magazine (1819); Letters and Journals, ed. Rowland E. Prothero (1898-1901) 4:490-91.



I am not persuaded that the Paradise Lost would not have been more nobly conveyed to posterity, not perhaps in heroic couplets, although even they could sustain the subject if well balanced, but in the stanza of Spenser or Tasso, or in the terza rima of Dante, which the powers of Milton could easily have grafted on our language.