John Gibson Lockhart quotes these verses, apparently from manuscript, at the head of his first essay "On the Cockney School of Poetry," making this brief fragment one of the more significant verse catalogues. Not much is known of Cornelius Webbe, who was who for several years had been living in Hampstead and publishing poems in the New Monthly Magazine. He later published several volumes of poems.
Donald H. Reiman: "It seems that Webb's linking of Hunt's and Keats's names to those of England's elder poets (as well as to those of Byron and Wordsworth, contemporaries whom Lockhart happened to admire) so outraged 'the Scorpion' that he struck at the works of Hunt and Keats in quick succession, thereby at least darkening Keats's poetic hopes even if not (as contemporary medical opinion surmised) shortening his life" Sonnets, ed. Reiman (1978) v.
Our talk shall be (a theme to never tire on)
Of Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron,
(Our England's Dante) — Wordsworth — HUNT, and KEATS,
The Muses's son of promise; and of what feats
He yet may do.