The Cockney School Blackwood's Magazine And The Contemporary Critical Response - Essay

Blackwood's Magazine And The Contemporary Critical Response

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

John Gibson Lockhart (review date 1817)

SOURCE: "On the Cockney School of Poetry," in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol. II, No. 7, October, 1817, pp. 38-41.

[In the following review, Lockhart criticizes Leigh Hunt, founder of what Lockhart dubs the "Cockney School," for his obviously low class and improper poetry. He also compares Hunt unfavorably with the Lake poets, especially William Wordsworth, and laments his literary influence.]

Our talk shall be (a theme we never tire on)
Of Chaucer, Spenser, Shakspeare, Milton, Byron,
(Our England's Dante)—Wordsworth—HUNT, and KEATS,
The Muses' son...

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