1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elijah Fenton

Bryan Waller Procter, in Effigies Poeticae, or, the Portraits of the British Poets (1824) 74.



From an original Picture in the possession of Thomas Fenton, Esq.

The appearance of FENTON is unprepossessing. He has a heavy look, yet obtrusive, and full of pretence; such as might have become a pedagogue, (he was originally a schoolmaster,) but is scarcely indicative of the "divine afflatus." This writer is principally known by his tragedy of "Mariamne." He also assisted Pope in translating some books of Homer (we believe, of the Odyssey,) wrote a few small poems, drank two bottles of wine a day, and got a precarious living by depending upon some literary or political patron.