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Quotation by George Gordon Noel Byron
Such writing is a sort of mental masturbation.... I don't mean that he is indecent but viciously soliciting his own ideas into a state which is neither poetry nor anything else but a Bedlam vision produced by raw pork and opium.
George Gordon Noel Byron (1788–1824), British poet. letter, Nov. 9, 1820, to the publisher John Murray. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 7, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973-1981).
Byron had previously called Keats's work "the Onanism of Poetry," but later retracted his attack, limiting his criticism to the younger poet's style.
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