1876 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Aaron Hill

Robert Carruthers, in Chambers's Cyclopaedia of English Literature, 3rd ed. (1876; 1879) 3:198-99.



AARON HILL (1685-1750) wrote several poems and plays, and was conspicuous among the literary men of the first half of the eighteenth century; but his best title to distinction is his correspondence with Pope, and the allusion to him in the Dunciad. The spirit with which Hill met the attack of Pope, and the victory he obtained over him in the correspondence that ensued, are creditable to him both as a man and as author. Only one of Hill's dramas, the tragedy of Zara, after Voltaire, can be said to have been popular. He was an ingenious speculative man, but seldom successful in any of his schemes.