1755 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir James Marriott

William Shenstone to Richard Graves, 21 March 1755; Letters, ed. Mallam (1939) 318.



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] Warton (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, and indifferent.