1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Tickell

Thomas James Mathias, in Pursuits of Literature (1798) 10n.



He was the happiest of any occasional writer in his day: happy alike in the subject and in the execution of it. — I mention with pleasure Anticipation, the Wreath of Fashion, &c. &c. &c. and I wish to preserve the name and remembrance of such a man as Mr. Tickell. Poets and ingenious men, who write on occasional subjects with great ability, are too often lost in the most undeserved oblivion. But we must recollect, that even such a poem as The Absalom and Achitophel of Dryden himself (perhaps his greatest production) was but "occasional," and written "for a party."