1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Notebook 30, fol 61v-62, 1800 ca.; Coleridge on the Seventeenth Century (1955) 558.



Had a wretched day till near Tea-Time — and did nothing but doze over Warton's Edition of Milton's Juvenile Poems — a capital Edition on the whole; but this (the 2nd Ed.) infamously misprinted, the Greek and Latin quotations often unconjecturable.... Mem. not to forget to preserve some where my Detection of Warton's and the general mis-interpretation of Milton's first Latin Elegy. Strong proof of the perverting and blinding power of party prejudice, for the passage is even school-logically false-construed by Warton. — n.b. Warton's unfledged criticism, but it was quite as much as his age could bear, and we owe fervent thanks to him.