1800 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Trapp

Robert Southey, 1800 ca.; Common-Place Book (1849-51) 4:349-50.



Dr. Trapp was the first professor of poetry at Oxford, and like many other professors in other things, professed what he certainly did not practise. He published his lectures under the title of Praelectiones Poeticae; four volumes of Sermons; Abramule, a tragedy; and some controversial treatises against the Papists and Methodists, which are said to have much merit; and sundry miscellaneous productions both in prose and verse. But his best or worst known works are a Latin version of the Paradise Lost, and a blank verse translation of Virgil.

See this Virgil, for surely it must have been over-abused. So bad is Pope's Homer it cannot by any possibility have been, i.e. it cannot so misrepresent and debase the original.