1774 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Whitehead

John Langhorne, Review of Whitehead, Plays and Poems; The Monthly Review 51 (October 1774) 318.



The well-established reputation of Mr. Whitehead as a poet, which, in spite of the most illiberal attacks, and the equally illiberal necessity of writing annually on the same subjects, has still supported itself in the opinion of the Public, renders any disquisition on that subject unnecessary here. Most of those poems which the Public has been in possession of, with a few select birth-day odes, and some new pieces, are to be found in these volumes. Among the latter, if we mistake not, are several very agreeable specimens of that easy elegance and sensibility which distinguish Mr. Whitehead's muse.

N.B. The first edition of Mr. W.'s poems was published in 1754, in one vol. 8vo.