1939 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton the Elder

Hoxie Neale Fairchild, in Religious Trends in English Verse (1939) 1:446-47.



Tradition represents him as a slothful, conceited, overbearing, incompetent, and boozy don — not a spiritual man even for his unspiritual age. The fact that he was a High Church Tory and indeed a Jacobite may seem to militate against any attempt to relate pre-romantic sentimentalism with the Low Church and Whig tradition. But Warton's High Churchmanship was never anything more than a matter of party politics.