1804 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

Joseph Dennie, "Headnote to Life of Thomas Warton" Port Folio [Philadelphia] 4 (12 August 1804) 252.



What species of composition can be more agreeably received, what charmful pages detain us by a stronger interest, than the memoirs of men, distinguished for their abilities, venerable for their erudition, and admired for their virtue! The Life and works of Thomas Warton exhibit a recluse scholar and a Poet, whose pages, composed in the shade of the cloister, may contribute to dissipate the languor, or sooth the agitations of worldly pleasures and cares. As a prose and a poetical writer he exhibited great elegance. His History of the poetry of his nation, will be frequently consulted, and his "Progress of Discontent" will be learned by heart, by many a pupil.