ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Cooke

(1703-1756)


Thomas "Hesiod" Cooke was the son of an Essex innkeeper; he migrated to London in 1722, settling in South Lambeth. One of Curll's authors, Cooke was a stout Whig, part of the Opposition coterie, and one of Pope's targets in the Dunciad. He edited Marvell's poetry and seems to have had republican inclinations. In addition to Hesiod, Cooke published translations of Terence, Cicero, and Plautus, as well as a small library of his own odes. Sir Joseph Mawbey left a detailed portrait of his friend Cooke in a memoir published serially in the Gentleman's Magazine.


TEXT RECORDS:

1723The Battle of the Sexes. The Preface.
1737An Essay on Nobility. To His Grace the Duke of Somerset.
1742Proposals for perfecting the English Language.
1751A Continuation of the Discourse before the Ode on Martial Virtue.

PUBLICATIONS:

Marlborough: a poem in three cantos occasion'd by the death of the late Duke of Marlborough. 1722
Albion, or the Court of Neptune: a masque. 1724.
The idyllums of Moschus and Bion, translated from the Greek with annotations. 1724.
The battle of the poets: an heroick poem in two cantos. 1725.
The bath: a tale. 1726.
The works of Andrew Marvell. 2 vols. 1726.
Philander and Cydippe. 1726.
The works of Hesiod, translated from the Greek. 2 vols. 1728.
Penelope: an English opera. 1728.
Tales, epistles, odes, fables etc, with translations from Homer and other antient authors. 1729.
The candidates for the bays: a poem written by Scriblerus Quartus. 1730.
The bays miscellany: or Colley triumphant, by Scriblerus Quartus. 1730.
The triumphs of love and honour: a play; to which are added Considerations on the stage and on the advantages which arise to a nation from the encouragement of arts. 1731.
The letters of Atticus, as printed in the London Journal. 1731.
The comedian: or philosophical enquirer. Periodical, 1732-33.
Liberty, the support of truth and the natural property of mankind. 1732.
The life of King Edward III of England. 1773.
P. Terentii Afre comodieae; with translation. 3 vols, 1734.
The eunuch, or the Darby Captain: a farce. 1737.
A rhapsody on virtue and pleasure. 1738.
The mournful nuptials, or love the cure of all woes: a tragedy to which are prefixed Some observations on the present state of our public entertainments. 1739.
Petworth: a poem. 1739.
P. Virgilii Maronis Bucolica, Georgica et Aeneis nuc primum edita. 1741.
The country journal: or the craftsman. Editor, from 1741.
A letter concerning persecution for religion and freedom of debate. 1742.
An epistle to the Right Honourable the Countess of Salisbury with a prologue and epilogue on Shakespeare and his writings. 1743.
Love the cause and cure of grief, or the innocent murderer: a tragedy. 1744.
Immortality reveal'd: a poem in four epistles. 1745.
Mr. Cooke's edition and translation of the comedies of Plautus. 1746.
An hymn to liberty. 1746.
An ode to beauty: to which are prefixed some observations on taste and on the present state of poetry in England. 1749.
And ode on martial virtue; to which are prefixed some observations. 1750.
And ode on the powers of poetry; to which are prefixed observations. 1751.
The tryal of Hercules: an ode on glory, virtue and pleasure. 1752.
Pythagoras: an ode: to which are prefixed observations on taste and on education. 1752.
An ode on benevolence; to which are prefixed observations on education, taste and poetry. 1753.
A prologue on comic poetry and an epilogue on the comic characters of women; with a pastoral dialogue, to which is prefixed an ode to John Rich esq. 1753.
And ode on poetry, painting, and sculpture. 1754.
An ode to pleasure. 1754.
An hymn to May. 1754.
An ode to the power of eloquence. 1755.
Ancient letters [includes poems and letters by Cooke]. 2 vols. 1756.