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The Collected Letters of Robert Southey Part 3

1716. Robert Southey to Walter Savage Landor, 26 November 1809 ⁠* 

Nov. 26. 1809.

Yesterday I finished Kehama. [1]  There will be a few things in the course of corrections to explain the story more clearly, – a few trifles altered, – & many improvements to be made in metre. I do not expect that it will meet with more admirers than Gebir, [2]  but shall be thoroughly satisfied if they thxx {those} whom it does meet with are admire it as much. There is too little beauty in the Poem & far too little human interest. I doubt even whether currently there be enough to excite curiosity for the end, – wonder at the strangeness of the tale & the monstrosity of the fiction is all that will be felt.

I shall begin Pelayo [3]  as soon as the plan is sufficiently compleated.

RS.


Notes

* Address: To/ Walter Savage Landor Esqr./ 1 Boyce’s Buildings/ Clifton/ Bristol
MS: Victoria and Albert Museum, National Art Library Manuscripts, MS Forster 48 D.32 MS 8
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Southey’s poem The Curse of Kehama (1810). BACK

[2] Landor’s poem Gebir (1798). BACK

[3] The working title of the poem that was published as Roderick, the Last of the Goths in 1814. BACK

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