1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Hughes

Joseph Warton, in Works of Alexander Pope, ed. Warton (1797) 9:269n.



But was such an Author of such a Tragedy as the Siege of Damascus one of the "mediocribus"? Swift and Pope seem not to recollect the value and the rank of an Author who could write such a Tragedy. May I venture, on this occasion, to give a little table of the different sorts of Poets, ranged in order according to their merits? — Writers of occasional and miscellaneous "Family-things," and tea-table Miscellanies; writers of Pastorals; of Epistles; of Satires; of didactic Poems; of Tragedies; of Epic Poems.