1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dryden

Joseph Warton, in Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope (1782) 2:383n.



I know a person, whose name would be an ornament to these papers, if I was suffered to insert it, who, after reading a book of the Dunciad, always sooths himself, as he calls it, by turning to a canto in the Fairy Queen. This is not the case in that very delightful and beautiful poem, Mac Flecnoe, from which POPE has borrowed so many hints, and images, and ideas. But Dryden's poem was the offspring of contempt, and Pope's of malignity.