1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Chatterton

Anonymous, "On two late Writers in defence of Rowley's Poetry" Morning Herald and Daily Advertiser (16 January 1782).



From glossaries, and doom's-day-book,
Devoid of taste or spirit;
In vain ye vent your critic rage,
On Warton, and on Tyrrit!

As well might ye pretend to prove,
That Homer copied Cowley,
As, that young Chatterton possess'd
One pinch — of GENUINE ROWLEY!