1876 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elijah Fenton

Robert Carruthers, in Chambers's Cyclopaedia of English Literature, 3rd ed. (1876; 1879) 3:197.



Associated with Pope in his Homeric labours were, as already stated, Fenton and Broome. ELIJAH FENTON (1683-1730) was an amiable scholar and man of letters; a native of Shelton, near Stoke in Staffordshire; took his degree of B.A. in Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1704, but being a Nonjuror in principle, he was, as Johnson says, "driven out a commoner of nature," and subsisted chiefly by teaching. In 1717, he published a volume of poems; in 1723, a tragedy, entitled Mariamne, by which, Dr. Young says, he made £1500; and in 1729 he annotated the works of Waller. One of Fenton's poetical productions, a Pindaric Ode, addressed to Lord Gower, was greatly admired by Pope and Akenside.