1717 in poetry

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  • January - Three Hours After Marriage, a play written by Alexander Pope, John Gay and John Arbuthnot, was staged this year. The play satirized poet and critic John Dennis as "Sir Tremendous Longinus the Critic", Lady Winchilsea as "Clinkett the poetess" and Colley Cibber as "Plotwell". The play was met with massive criticism and had a short run, mortifying Pope.[1] (see Dennis, Parnell and Pope, in "Works published")

Works published[edit]

  • Joseph Addison, John Dryden, Laurence Eusden, Sir Samuel Garth, John Gay, Alexander Pope and Nicholas Rowe, among others, Ovid's Metamorphoses[2]
  • John Durant Breval, published anonymously, The Art of Dress[2]
  • Susanna Centlivre, published anonymously, An Epistle to the King of Sweden[2]
  • John Dennis, Remarks upon Mr Pope's Translation of Homer[2] In this continuation of the long-running feud between the author and Alexander Pope, Dennis' prose critique mixes bad-faith, petty criticisms with some insights that anticipate Matthew Arnold's thoughts on translating Homer into English, and James Russell Lowell's criticism of Pope's use of the heroic couplet. "The Homer which Lintot prints does not talk like Homer but like Pope," Dennis wrote, noting the simplicity of the original and the artificiality of the translation. Included in the same pamphlet were Dennis' criticisms of Windsor Forest and Temple of Fame. Dennis' criticism was published in February, and he in turn was attacked by Parnell in May (see below); after which Dennis and Pope reconciled, maintaining peace until a new outbreak of their conflict in 1728.[3]
  • Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon and others, Poems by the Earl of Roscomon (sic)[2]
  • Elijah Fenton, Poems on Several Occasions[2]
  • Jane Holt (née Jane Wiseman), this volume published under the name "Mrs. Holt" and believed to be Jane Holt, A Fairy Tale Inscrib'd, to the Honourable Mrs. W—, with other Poems[2]
  • Thomas Parnell, Homer's Battle of the Frogs and Mice. With the Remarks of Zolius. To which is prefixed, the Life of the said Zolius, an attack on John Dennis (see above)[3]
  • Alexander Pope:
  • Thomas Purney, A Full Enquiry into the True Nature of Pastoral[2] (part of the Pope/Philips quarrel)
  • Thomas Tickell, published anonymously, An Epistle from a Lady in England; to a Gentleman at Avignon[2]
  • Ned Ward (also known as "Edward Ward")
    • British Wonders; or, A Poetical Description of the Several Prodigies [...] That Have Happen'd in Britain Since the Death of Queen Anne, published anonymously[2]
    • A Collection of Historical and State Poems, Satyrs, Songs, and Epigrams[2]


Death years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:


Birth years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Paul, Harry Gilbert, John Dennis: His Life and Criticism, p 91, New York: Columbia University Press, 1911, retrieved via Google Books on February 11, 2010
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Cox, Michael, editor, The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature, Oxford University Press, 2004, ISBN 0-19-860634-6
  3. ^ a b Paul, Harry Gilbert, John Dennis: His Life and Criticism, pp 92-9, New York: Columbia University Press, 1911, retrieved via Google Books on February 11, 2010
  4. ^ Burt, Daniel S. (2004). The Chronology of American Literature: America's literary achievements from the colonial era to modern times. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0-618-16821-7.  Retrieved via Google Books.
  • [1] "A Timeline of English Poetry" Web page of the Representative Poetry Online Web site, University of Toronto