1716. Robert Southey to Walter Savage Landor, 26 November 1809 *
Nov. 26. 1809.
Yesterday I finished Kehama.  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,  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  as soon as the plan is sufficiently compleated.