ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton the Elder

(1688 ca.-1745)


The elder Thomas Warton was the son of a clergyman; he apparently studied under Elijah Fenton at Sevenoaks Grammar School before entering Hart Hall Oxford in 1706, from whence he moved to Magdalen College (B.A. 1710, M.A. 1712, Fellow 1717-24, B.D. 1725). He was Professor of Poetry at Oxford (1718-28) and afterwards Vicar and schoolmaster of Basingstoke (1723-45), Vicar of Framfield, Sussex (1726), Woking Surrey (1727), and Cobham, Surrey. The sixth number of Henry Baker's Universal Spectator is credited to Warton.


TEXT RECORDS:

1706Philander: an Imitation of Spencer: occasioned by the Death of Mr. Wm. Levinz, of M.C., Oxon, Nov. 1706.
1706 ca.Verses on Henry the Eighth's seizing the Abbey-Lands, and on Queene Anne's Augmentation of Livings.
1715The Regal Dream. 1715.
1720 ca.A Paraphrase ... Fashioned after the Maniere of Maister Geoffery Chaucer in his Assemblie of Foules.
1735 ca.A Fragment of a Satire.

PUBLICATIONS:

Poems on several occasions, ed. Joseph Warton. 1748.
The three Wartons, a choice of their verse, ed. Eric Partridge. 1927.