ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Abraham Portal

(1735 ca.-1796 fl.)


Abraham Portal was the son of the Rev. William Portal of Essex. In addition to writing poems and plays, he was a silversmith in London, and some time after 1770 a bookseller in the Strand. His Nuptial Elegies (1774) seem to have been popular. Portal could count among his friends the poets John Langhorne, Edmund Cartwright, and John Scott of Amwell.


TEXT RECORDS:

1755Eliza's Wedding-Day. An Occasional Eclogue.
1762An Evening Elegy.
1763A Morning Elegy.
1763War. An Ode.
1765Stanzas, addressed to Mr. Woodhouse.
1781The Rural Philosopher, or, Sacrifice to Humanity; an Elegy.

PUBLICATIONS:

Olindo and Sophronia. A tragedy. The story taken from Tasso. 1758.
Innocence. A poetical essay. In two books. 1762.
War. An ode. 1763.
The indiscreet lover: a comedy. 1768.
Nuptial elegies. 1774.
Poems. 1781.
Vortimer; or, the true patriot: a tragedy. 1796.