1857 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Beaumont

Leigh Hunt to John Hunter, 5 February 1857; Correspondence of Leigh Hunt (1862) 2:229-30.



The reason why you cannot fall in thoroughly with the new poets, is what you have said yourself about the "flowers," and because they unfortunately prefer saying fine things to true ones. Hence superfluities and incoherencies which overload, disamalgamate, and will tumble them to pieces with the next ages, unless they take veritable thought, and do justice to the poetry that is really in them. Such was the fate of Henry More, with his Song of the Soul, and with the Psyche of Joseph Beaumont.