Joseph Warton

(1722—1800) poet and literary critic

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brother of Thomas Warton the younger, held various livings and was a conspicuously unsuccessful headmaster of Winchester (1766–93). He is better remembered as a critic of wide knowledge and independent judgement. His An Essay on the Writings and Genius of Pope (1756, 1782) distinguishes between the poets of ‘the sublime and pathetic’ (see Sublime) and the ‘men of wit and sense’. He was elected a member of the Club in 1777 at Dr Johnson's request.

Subjects: Literature.

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