1751 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Gay

William Warburton, 1751; in Joseph Warton, ed., Works of Pope (1797) 1:89.



The Sycophancy of A. Phillips, who had prejudiced Mr. Addison against Pope, occasioned those papers in the Guardian, written by the latter, in which there is an ironical preference given to the Pastorals of Phillips, above his own.... But this ill conduct of Phillips occasioned a more open ridicule of his Pastorals, in the mock poem called the Shepherd's Week, written by Gay. But tho' more open, the object of it was ill understood by those who were strangers to the quarrel. These mistook the Shepherd's Week for a Burlesque of Virgil's Pastorals. How far this goes towards a vindication of Phillips's simple painting, let others judge.