Thomas Warton (9 January, 1728 – 21 may, 1790) was an English poet, critic and historian.
- Mr. Warton’s father was also a poet, and also named Thomas Warton. To distinguish the two, he is sometimes referred to as Thomas Warton the Younger.
- At the age of nine, Mr. Warton translated an epigram by Martial (a Roman writer).
- Mr. Warton wrote his famous work, The Pleasures of Melancholy, at 17.
- In 1747 and 1748 Mr. Warton was selected as poet laureate of Oxford, his alma mater.
- In 1757 Mr. Warton became a professor of poetry at Oxford, a position he held for 10 years.
- In 1785 he was appointed to be the Camden Professorship of Ancient History in Oxford as well as keeping his post as poet laureate.
- Mr. Warton had a friendly rivalry with poet Samuel Johnson, also an Oxford alumni (though a controversial one).
- One of Mr. Warton’s important contributions was to argue that Sir Thopas, by Chaucer, was a parody.
- The first major academic work by Mr. Waerton was Faerie Queene of Spenser (1754), but he is known for the 3 volume The History of English Poetry
- Mr. Warton liked light and humorous poems.
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