ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Somervile

(1675-1742)


William Somervile was born in Colwich, Staffordshire. He was educated at Winchester College (1690-94) before entering New College Oxford at the age of 18 (1694); he also studied at the Middle Temple (1696). Somervile courted Joseph Addison and was a close friend and neighbor of William Shenstone. In his later years he was a member of the Patriot opposition with Gilbert West and James Thomson, living the life of a proud if impoverished country gentleman and writing about it in Miltonic verse.


TEXT RECORDS:

1735Fox-hunting.
1740Hobbinol, or the Rural Games. A Burlesque Poem.
1740Hobbinol, or the Rural Games. Canto II.
1740Hobbinol, or the Rural Games. Canto III.

PUBLICATIONS:

An imitation of the ninth ode of the fourth book of Horace. 1715.
Reasons against repealing the occasional and test acts. 1717.
The two springs: a fable. 1725.
Occasional poems, translations, fables, tales, etc. 1727.
The chace: a poem. 1735.
Hobbinol, or the rural games: a burlesque poem in blank verse. 1740.
Field sports: a poem. 1742.
Poetical works. 2 vols, 1766.
A collection of miscellaneous poetry, ed. F. G. Waldron. 1802.