1792 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Warton

Anonymous, "Biographical List of Living English Poets" Gentleman's Magazine 62 (June 1792) 504.



Dr. Joseph Warton, Head Master of Winchester School (elder brother of the late Laureat), is son of the Rev. Thomas Warton, B.D. formerly of Magdalen College, Oxford, and Professor of Poetry in that University, and afterwards master of a school at Basingstoke in Hants, who was himself a poet of some merit, as appears by a volume of his compositions, published by subscription after his death in 1748, by this his son. He was educated first, I believe, by his father, but afterwards at Winton, from which he removed in 1740 at the same time with his unfortunate friend (Collins) to Oriel College, Oxford, and there, when A.B. first published his Poems, most of which were afterwards inserted in Dodsley, though the Ode to Fancy, the most popular of them, has received numerous alterations in the various publications in which it has had a place since its first appearance there. His Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope, the most elegant disquisition on poetry, in our own, and, perhaps, in any language, very early established his fame.