1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Tickell

Henry Headley, in Select Beauties of Ancient English Poetry (1787; 1810) 2:xxiii-iv.



Of Tickell, the friend and the editor of Mr. Addison (and who as such may with propriety be mentioned after him), it has been said by Goldsmith, that through all his works there is a strain of ballad-thinking to be found: the remark is just, and to that strain he is indebted for the reception he has met with. Whether he had it from reading or from nature we have still to learn, as no memoirs of his life, hitherto published, are satisfactory enough to inform us of his particular studies.