1776 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Smith

John Nichols, Note in Original Works of William King (1776) 3:185n.



Phaedra and Hipplotus, a Tragedy, by Edmund Smith, first acted in 1707. Its excellence consists in the beauty and harmony of the versification. It was honoured with a prologue by Mr. Addison, to railly the taste of the publick for Italian operas. — This ingenious poet was the son of Mr. Neale, but, assumed the name of Smith in compliment to an uncle who was his guardian. He was born in 1686, and died in 1710. He was a good-natured man, a finished scholar, a great poet, and a discerning critic. From an affected carelessness in dress, he was distinguished by his friends by the name of "Captain Ragg;" and was styled by the fair sex "the handsome Sloven." His Works, consisting of the abovementioned Tragedy, three or four odes, and a Latin oration, were published by Mr. Oldisworth in 1719.