1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Tickell

Bryan Waller Procter, in Effigies Poeticae, or, the Portraits of the British Poets (1824) 76.



From an original Picture by Kneller, in the Hall of Queen's College, Oxford.

This is but a poor countenance for TICKELL, the friend of Addison. It is gentle, indeed, but full of timidity, with a petit month and a lack-lustre eye. Not much can he said of (or for) his verses. His elegy has been admired; but we cannot detect anything in it beyond the mild common-place which is usually seen in that kind of poem. The best lines are—

What new employments please the unbody'd mind?
A winged virtue, through the eternal sky,
From world to world unwearied does he fly?

But there is nothing else to challenge the attention.