1759 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Wilkie

William Shenstone to Thomas Percy, 3 October 1759; Letters, ed. Hecht (1909) 25.



As for the Epigoniad, if you will excuse me, I will wholly decline the reading of it. My head will bear but a limited application, and it must be Books from which I have greater expectations, to which for the future I allot a part of mine. Rhime seems actually to have lost much ground in all Poems of this Nature, and were Pope's Homer to make its first appearance now, he would be greatly blam'd for the making use of it.