1876 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Christopher Pitt

Robert Carruthers, in Chambers's Cyclopaedia of English Literature, 3rd ed. (1876; 1879) 3:191-92.



Two translators of this period have been admitted by Johnson into his gallery of English poets. The Rev. CHRISTOPHER PITT (1699-1748) published in 1725 Vida's Art of Poetry, translated into English verse; and in 1740 he gave a complete English Aeneid. He also imitated some of the satires and epistles of Horace. "Pitt pleases critics, and Dryden the people; Pitt is quoted, and Dryden read." Such is the criticism of Johnson; but even the merit of being quoted can scarcely be accorded to the lesser bard.