1734 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Davenant

Alexander Pope, 1734-36 ca.; in Spence, Anecdotes, Observations, and Characters ed. Singer (1820) 170.



Sir William Davenant's Gondibert is not a good poem, if you take it in the whole, but there are a great many good things in it. He is a scholar of Donne's, and took his sententiousness and metaphysics from him. The burlesque prologue to one of Mr. Davenant's plays began with this couplet:

You who stand sitting still to hear our play,
Which we to-night present you here to-day.