1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton the Elder

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 2:63.



Thomas Warton, the elder, was of Magdalen College, Oxford, Vicar of Basingstoke and Cobham, and twice Oxford Poetry Professor. A volume of his poems was published after his death by Joseph his eldest son. It includes a few Pieces in blank verse, written in a very good style of dignity and ease. His two sons have made the name celebrated, and the power of versifying has descended to the third generation.