ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Christopher Pitt

(1699-1748)


Christopher Pitt began writing poetry at while at Winchester School; he matriculated at Wadham College Oxford in 1718 (B.A. from New College 1722, M.A. 1724, Poetry Professor, 1722) and was rector of Pimperne, Dorsetshire from 1722. Pitt, remembered for his translation of Virgil, knew Pope, was related to Bishop Robert Lowth, and was a classmate and friend of Joseph Spence at both Winchester and Oxford. Some of Pitt's verses were published under Spence's name in the Oxford gratulatory collections.


TEXT RECORDS:

1727To the unknown Author of the Battle of the Sexes.
1740 ca.An Imitation of Spenser. [The Jordan.]

PUBLICATIONS:

A poem on the death of the late Earl Stanhope. 1721.
Vida's Art of poetry, translated into English verse. 1725.
Poems and translations. 1727.
An essay on Virgil's Aeneid: being a translation of the first book. 1728.
The Aeneid of Virgil, translated. 2 vols, 1740.
Poems. 1756.