ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Hole

(1746-1803)


Richard Hole, son of William Hole, archdeacon of Barnstaple, Devonshire, attended Exeter College Oxford (B.C.L. 1771); he was rector of Farringdon in Devonshire (1792). A member of Hugh Downman's literary society at Exeter, Hole re-translated Fingal "in lines scarcely less flowing and elegant than those of Pope" Literary Anecdotes (1812-15) 8:92n. His Arthur, or the Northern Enchantment (1789) was briefly popular; his translations of Homer appear in Anderson's Poets (1793). Hole was the uncle of another Spenserian poet, John Herman Merivale (1779-1844). He published over the initials "H. O."


TEXT RECORDS:

1782 ca.The Arcadian Lovers, a Dramatic Pastoral.
1789Arthur; or, the Northern Enchantment.
1789Arthur; or, the Northern Enchantment. Book Fifth.
1789Arthur; or, the Northern Enchantment. Book Fourth.
1789Arthur; or, the Northern Enchantment. Book Second.
1789Arthur; or, the Northern Enchantment. Book Seventh.
1789Arthur; or, the Northern Enchantment. Book Sixth.
1789Arthur; or, the Northern Enchantment. Book Third.
1789Arthur; or, the Northern Enchantment: Preface.
1792Ode to Melancholy.
1792Ode to Stupidity.
1792Ode to Terror.
1795The Exmoor Courtship.
1797Remarks on the Arabian Nights' Entertainments.

PUBLICATIONS:

Fingal. 1772.
Hymn to Ceres [Homer, trans.] 1781.
Arthur, or the northern enchantment, a poetical romance. 1789.
Poems, Chiefly by Gentlemen of Devonshire and Cornwall, ed. Polwhele [contributor]. 2 vols, 1792.
Remarks on the Arabian nights' entertainments. 1797.
An essay on the character of Ulysses. 1807.