1755 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Warton

William Shenstone to Richard Graves, 21 March 1755; Letters, ed. Williams (1939) 433.



I cannot help remarking that MILTON' s Il Penseroso has drove half our Poets crazy: it has, however, produced some admirable Odes to Fancy, amongst which, that of [Joseph] WHARTON (not in this volume [of Dodsley's Collection] I think deserves the Preference; and after his [James] MERRICK's, [Francis Coventry's] PENSHURST, and the Ode on Solitude [by James Grainger] are of the same Tribe, and are good. The Pleasures of Melancholy [by Thomas Warton], and Marriott's Ode to Fancy, of the same Tribe, are indifferent.