1717 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton the Elder

Alexander Pope to Robert Digby, 2 June 1717; Works, ed. Warton (1796-97) 8:41.



'Tis something particular in you, not to be satisfied with sending me your own books, but to make your acquaintance continue the frolic. Mr. Warton forced me to take Gorboduc, which has done me great credit with several people, as it has done Dryden and Oldham some diskindness: in shewing there is as much difference between their Gordoduc and this, as between Queen Anne and King George. It is truly a scandal, that men should write with contempt of a piece which they never once saw, as those two Poets did, who were ignorant even of the sex, as well as sense, of Gorboduc.