1762 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Whitehead

William Rider, in Living Authors of Great Britain (1762) 23.



As Mr. Whitehead is Poet Laureate, his Genius can hardly be called into Question; though we have had some instances of Laureates who have been far from being the best Poets of their Age. Mr. Whitehead has wrote Satires with great Success: his Tragedies of Creusa and the Roman Father are wrote with some Spirit and Elegance; but it is obvious that the latter is a Translation from the Horaces of Peter Corneille. With Regard to the Birthday Odes composed by Mr. Whitehead, it seems probable that they will never reach Posterity. Our Monarchs must trust to History for Praise; for those whose Duty is to sing their Praises in Verse, acquit themselves like Chaerilus's.