ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Daniel Kenrick, in A New Session of the Poets (1700) 3-4.
1700: Rev. Samuel Wesley
1700: Daniel Kenrick
1711: Alexander Pope
1712: Rev. Thomas Newcomb
1720: Giles Jacob
1725: Thomas Cooke
1729: Thomas Cooke
1731: Alexander Pope
1734: Aaron Hill
1734: Thomas Cooke
1742: Alexander Pope
1764: David Erskine Baker
1782: Isaac Reed
1786: William Cowper
1807: Robert Southey
1812: Isaac D'Israeli
1812: Charles Caleb Colton
1814: Charles Lamb
1842: C. H. Timperley
1882: W. J. Courthope
1700: Sir Richard Blackmore
1700: Thomas Brown
1700: William Congreve
1700: Thomas D'Urfey
1700: John Dennis
1700: Thomas Rymer
1700: Nahum Tate
1702: Sir Charles Sedley
And you, [cried Apollo] audacious Mortal, tell me why
You dare my Fav'rite Waller's Faults descry,
And yet expose your own vile Elegy?
Why d'ye in Mood and Figure play the Fool,
Whilst all the Plays you write are wrote by Rule,
Confoundedly correct, and just as dull?
Who would not swear, that sees Rinaldo play'd,
(Such work you make betwixt good Devils and bad)
The Author were, with his Armida, mad?
Revere the Dead, the Living let alone,
But if, in spight of me, you must write on,
Leave other's Works to Criticize your own.
Criticks, cried He, are most of all unfit,
To fill the Peaceful Throne of awful Wit:
A Tyrant Critick would my State o'return;
Poesy would weep, and all the Muses mourn.
Who to the Bays would make a just Pretence,
Must merit 'em by his own Excellence,
Not be a Wit, by others want of Sence.
Rim—r at this, and Den—s too sate down,
And in their stead stood up late-bruis'd Tom Br—n.