1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Hoole

Percival Stockdale, in The Poet, a Poem (1773) 14-15.



He, though he knows it gives a man some note
To catch the living mode, and write by rote,
Despises flimsey BICKERSTAFFES, and HOOLES,
Whom scenes, and sing-song gain the herd of fools,
To feel dramatick excellence unfit,
An Otway's pathos, or a Congreve's wit.

Curse on the taste of this preposterous age,
Which dozes if IRENE treads the stage;
Yet gives applause to HOOLE'S unmeaning lines,
And seems to weep when his Mandane whines.
The bard regrets not his successful strain,
Nor would he write his trash for all his gain;
By different models forms his nervous line,
By Pope, the great, and Dryden the divine.