English Bards and Scotch Reviewers

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A satirical poem by Byron in heroic couplets, published 1809. Angered by Brougham's contemptuous criticism of his Hours of Idleness in the Edinburgh Review, Byron responded with this witty and spirited attack on Jeffrey, Southey, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Scott. He also poured patrician mockery on the ‘doggrel’ and ‘childish prattle’ of many of the minor poets and poetasters (Bowles, Cottle, and many others) of the Romantic movement, while upholding and defending those (e.g. S. Rogers, Crabbe) who continued to sustain the classical traditions of Dryden and Pope.

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Lord Byron (1788—1824) poet

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