ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Isaac Thompson

(1703-1776)


Little is recorded of this Newcastle poet, who after publishing a volume of poems became editor of the Newcastle Journal (1739), and later the Newcastle General Magazine (1748-60) and The literary register: or, Weekly Miscellany (1769-72). John Nichols prints a 1775 letter from George Allan to Richard Gough: "The Legend of St. Cuthbert, which you mentioned to be in Isaac Thompson's possession, with Hunter's additions, I was favoured with about ten years ago, and transcribed the greatest part thereof" Literary Anecdotes (1812-15) 8:697.


TEXT RECORDS:

1731A Pastoral Ode.
1731An Epithalamium.
1731Colin in Despair.
1731Introduction to the Pastorals.

PUBLICATIONS:

A collection of poems occasionally writ on several subjects. 1731.
A description of the orrery: wherein the structure and several parts of that curious machine, are fully explain'd. 1750 ca.
A short account of a course of natural and experimental philosophy, comprehending mechanics, hydrostatics, and pneumatics, with the elements of optics and astronomy. 1757.