The Man of Taste

Author: James Bramston
Published: 1733
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,167 / 31 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 70.6
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 407
Added to site: 2010.08.16 28725
Genre: Poetry

ful for a complete understanding of all Bramston's satiric points, a familiarity with the world of Pope and his victims removes most of the difficulties for a modern reader. Only occasionally does Bramston sound a more personal note, as in the list of doctors (p. 17), where he includes two of his contemporaries at Christ Church; and even here, Arbuthnot is a sufficient signpost.

Bramston is a minor poet, but there is no need to apologize for The Man of Taste. It is a lively and amusing poem in its own right, and its association with Pope and its place in the corpus of eighteenth-century satire on "taste" raise its claim to the attention of students of the period.

University of Queensland Brisbane


1. New Bearings in English Poetry (1932; new ed., London: Chatto & Windus, 1950), p. 11.

2. Treatise IV: "An Inquiry Concerning Virtue, or Merit," Book I, Part ii, Section 3, in Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Time

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