1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Warton

Lord Byron to John Murray, 12 April 1818; Letters and Journals, ed. Rowland E. Prothero (1898-1901) 4:224-25.



I thought of a preface, defending Lord Hervey against Pope's attack, but Pope — quoad Pope, the poet — against the world, in the unjustifiable attempts at depreciation begun by Warton and carried on to and at this day by the new School of Critics and Scribblers, who think themselves poets because they do not write like Pope. I have no patience with such cursed humbug and bad taste; your whole generation are not worth a canto of the Rape of the Lock, or the Essay on Man, or the Dunciad, or "anything that is his." — but it is three in the matin, and I must go to bed.