Publisher: London: Printed for J. Booth, 1799.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women, page 213, 2; ESTC T106175.
Condition: Some minor creasing at the edges; final leaf a little dust-soiled; fine copy.
Book ID: 28256
Description4to, printed self-wrappers with the half-title serving as the cover title, stitched as issued, untrimmed, 30 pages.
CommentsThe second of two works by Lady Catherine Rebecca Manners (1766-1852), a clever poem addressed to "a" son (she had several) on the history and beauty of poetry, from the ancients to the moderns. She stresses how poetry can provide light and refuge in the midst of man's hubris and foibles, and she illustrates her thesis with a history in verse beginning with Homer, Pindar, Anacreon, Sappho, Theocritus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Catullus, Juvenal, Dante, and Petrarch to the English poetry of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Jonson, Cowley, Milton, Waller, Dryden, et al. Viz: John Gay: "Pensive Gay repined to see / Human hope's uncertainty / Hope, whose visions, bright as vain / Still delude, yet still enchain." Charles Churchill: "Careless Churchill's vigorous mind / Pours his satire unconfined." And Pope: "Listening to the tuneful strain / Livid envy frowns in vain, / While warm admiration pays / Tributes of ecstatic praise."