Professor Goodwin has been most good to me, tells me what books to read, argues my “modernisms” of thought away as much as he can.
—A. Mary F. Robinson (1879)
The command of words and felicity of phrase are as remarkable as the decorative, yet unconventional, qualities of form and colour, so unusual a merit in the handling of motives chosen from the antique. Throughout, the technique is large and modern.
—Graham R. Tomson's review of Amy Levy's A Minor Poet (1891)
Her verse is … modern, clever.
—Review of Graham R. Tomson's A Summer Night (1891)
… it is for us, England's living and yet unspent poets to make all things new. We are for the morning – the nineteenth century thinks it has no poets – nothing to lose – verily it has nothing: for we are not of it – we shake the dust of our feet from it, and pass on into the twentieth century.
—Michael Field, Journal (1892)
I don't know what I am or what I shall become. The Modern.
—Michael Field, Journal (1894)