1720 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Steele

Giles Jacob, in Historical Account of the Lives and Writings of our most considerable English Poets (1720) 207-08.



This ingenious Gentleman, besides his excellent Plays, has given us some Poetical Writings, which deserve Notice in this Place, tho' they are few in Number, and generally esteem'd, not the best of his Performances; but all Persons allow there is good Sense throughout, and some of the Wit natural to Sir Richard Steele. They are,

I. An Imitation of Horace's sixth Ode, apply'd to the Duke of Marlborough.

II. The Procession, a Poem on the Funeral of Queen Mary; written in the Year 1695. This Piece expresses the universal Concern for the Loss of this incomparable Princess.

III. To Mr. Congreve, occasion'd by his Comedy, call'd The Way of the World.