1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Erasmus Darwin

Bryan Waller Procter, in Effigies Poeticae, or, the Portraits of the British Poets (1824) 106-07.



From a Picture by Wright, in the possession of Mrs. Darwin.

Had the friend of Miss Seward possessed a finer eye, he would have been very like an existing poet, — Mr. Coleridge. He wants, however, the fine self-absorbed manner of the living writer, and that dreaming speculation which hovers over his countenance, like that of a rapt priestess, till he break out into his sybilline oracles and eloquent truths, which oppress his hearer into silent wonder. DARWIN, with his hands leaning on the polished slab, seems like a mere common-place man, pondering upon the loves of the tulips, or labouring in the manufacture of a gawdy rhyme.