1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Blackmore

John Scott of Amwell to James Beattie, 19 May 1782; in Forbes, Life and Writings of James Beattie (1806) 2:111.



Blackmore, with all his absurdities, was a poet; his poem on the Creation (tedious as it is) sufficiently proves it. Pope and his brother wits were too hard upon Blackmore: it was very well to point out his faults, but ungenerous to stigmatise him as an absolute dunce.