ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "A Recipe to make a Modern Dramatick Poet. To C— B—, Esq." Grub-Street Journal (21 January 1732).
1717: John Dennis
1720: Giles Jacob
1728: Alexander Pope
1729: William Duncombe
1729: Thomas Cooke
1729: Richard Savage
1730: Lewis Theobald
1730 ca.: Anonymous
1730: Alexander Pope
1731: A Young Gentleman of Cambridge
1733: David Mallet
1734: Thomas Hearne
1744: Mr. Stede
1747: William Warburton
1757: William Warburton
1758: Samuel Johnson
1762: Rev. Thomas Warton
1765: Samuel Johnson
1807: Robert Southey
1837: Henry Hallam
1842: C. H. Timperley
Since a Bard to commence, you are fir'd with a passion,
And write in Dramaticks — because 'tis the fashion;
Since dire Heathen Greek ne'er puzzled your noddle,
Nor Precepts antique from old ARISTOTLE;
A few modern ones take, which will teach you much better,
To dictate a Play, tho' you can't write a letter.
Take of learning a grain for the Critics in Pit;
Of good Humour a scruple, and a dram of good Wit;
An ounce of good sense far too much will be found;
Half will do: but of Laureate-Assurance a pound.
Five Double-Entendres in your Epilogue put,
To leave in the Ladies an impression of Smut.
These precepts can't fail a gay Modern to raise,
As fam'd for Dramatick at T—d or BAYS.