On the Lake Poets
Woodstock Books, 1998 - 228 pages
Francis Jeffrey (1773-1850), founder and editor of the Edinburgh Review and the great reactionary critic of his age, said of the The Excursion 'This will never do'. Christabel he famously described as a 'miserable piece of coxcombry and shuffling' and The White Doe as 'the very worst poem we ever saw imprinted in a quarto volume.' This selection of Jeffrey's reviews is an important reminder of the power and cogency of the opposition that Wordsworth and his fellow Lakers had to overcome.
On Southeys Thalaba
The Excursion being a portion of the Recluse
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