ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Aaron Hill

(1685-1750)


The sometimes friend of Alexander Pope, Aaron Hill was the son of a Wiltshire gentleman and a schoolmate of John Gay in Barnstaple before continuing his studies at Westminster School. At fourteen Hill traveled to Constantinople; upon his return he was a playwright and manager of Drury-Lane Theater. After a falling-out with the players Hill became a poet and miscellaneous writer, editing the Plain-Dealer with William Bond (1724-27), and The Prompter (1734-36). Having written some satirical verses on Pope, Hill found himself in the Dunciad, though matters were later patched up.


TEXT RECORDS:

1725The Vision.
1725[Love and Death.]
1737The Tears of the Muses.

PUBLICATIONS:

Camillus. 1707.
The invasion: a poem to the Queen. 1708.
The celebrated speeches of Ajax and Ulysses. 1708.
A full account of the present state of the Ottoman Empire. 1709.
Elfrid: or the fair inconstant. 1710.
The walking statue: or the devil in the wine-cellar. 1710.
The dedication of the beech-tree. 1714.
The fatal vision: or the fall of Siam. 1716.
The northern star. 1718.
Four essays. 1718.
The creation: a Pindaric. 1720.
The fatal extravagance. 1720.
The judgment-day. 1721.
King Henry the Fifth. 1723.
The plain-dealer. 1724-27.
The prompter. 1734-36.
The tragedy of Zara. 1736.
Alzira. 1736.
The tears of the muses. 1737.
An enquiry into the merit of assassination. 1738.
The fanciad: an heroic poem. 1743.
The impartial: an address without flattery. 1744.
The art of acting. 1746.
Free thoughts on faith: or the religion of reason. 1746.
Merope. 1749.
Gideon, or the patriot: an epic poem. 1749.
A collection of letters between Mr Aaron Hill, Mr Pope and others. 1751.
The Roman revenge. 1753.
The insolvent: or filial piety. 1758.
Works. 4 vols, 1753.
Dramatic works. 2 vols, 1760.