1711 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Tickell

Thomas Hearne, 1711; R. Eustace Tickell, Thomas Tickell and the Eighteenth-Century Poets (1931) 21-22.



Mr. Trapp of Wadham our University Reader of Professor of Poetry being made Chaplain to Sir Constantine Phipps Lord Chancellor of Ireland, Mr. Tickell A.M. and Fellow of Queen's reads in his Room. This Afternoon at 3 Clock he made his first Lecture, which was concerning the Nature and Laws of Bucolicks, and the best writers thereof antient and modern. 'Twas a very silly indiscreet Performance. What was good was taken out of Julius Scaliger and one or two more Authors. He quoted Dryden and some other of the Moderns, and once or twice spoke in an obscene manner, not fit to be us'd before young Men. Once or twice also he mentioned Critics, and spoke very disrespectfully and ignorantly of them. He shew'd throughout much Conceit, and has sufficiently discover'd (what I have heard some of the most considerable of his College say) that he has no Learning, but is an empty, vain Pretender.