1772 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Churchill

Anonymous, in "Catalogue of the most celebrated Writers" Letters concerning the present State of England (1772) 350.



CHURCHILL. Possessed of genius sufficient to gain a considerable poetic reputation, but unfortunately in circumstances too low to allow him to cultivate his talents in the manner a poet ought: he became a party writer for profit, and made all his poems, except his first, subservient to that design. He has been much abused on this account, but unjustly; for if a poet is poor, he must do that for an income which ought to be done for reputation: critics do not sufficiently consider, that starving is of much worse consequence than producing bad poems.