May 38 1815: Wordsworth Opinion of Byron

May 28th. — I dined at Collier’s with a party assembled to see Wordsworth. There were Young, Barnes, Alsager, ike. The afternoon passed off pleasantly, but the conversation was not highly interesting. Wordsworth was led to give an opinion of Lord Byron which flattered me by its resemblance to my own. He reproached the author with the contradiction in the character of the Corsair, &c. He also blamed Crabbe for his unpoetical mode of considering human nature and society.

I left the party to inquire concerning the Anthony Robinsons, and on my return found the Wordsworths gone; but I went to Lamb’s, where they came, and I enjoyed their companv till very late. I began to feci quite cordial with Mrs. Wordsworth. She is an amiable woman.

— Henry Crabb Robinson writes in his journal for May 28 1815.

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