1740 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Chapman

William Oldys, ca. 1740; in Restituta or ... English Literature Revived 2 (1815) 30.



William Oldys, in his MS. notes to Langbaine, says, "Chapman was much resorted to by young persons of parts, as a Poetical Chronicle: but was very choice whom he admitted to him; and preserved in his own person the dignity of Poetry, which he compared to a flower of the sun, which disdains to open its leaves to the eye of a smoaking taper." — Steeven's Copy of Langbaine, at Lee Priory.