Anonymous: The Rise and Progress of the Present Taste in Planting Parks, Pleasure Grounds and Gardens

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The Rise and Progress of the Present Taste in Planting Parks, Pleasure Grounds, Gardens &c. is of unknown authorship but a copy was in Horace Walpole’s hands when he came to write his The History of the Modern Taste in Gardening (1780). The poem is relatively skilful, and interesting for its attempt to provide a chronological history of gardening in England. It shows the deep impress of Pope’s ideas about the landscape garden, as expressed in Epistle to Burlington, and it quotes lines 117-8 from this poem in lines 215-6, but Pope’s ethos is heard passim and especially behind lines 223-234.

The poem is also interesting for its enthusiastic engagement (ll 368-486) …

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Citation:
Clark, Robert. "The Rise and Progress of the Present Taste in Planting Parks, Pleasure Grounds and Gardens". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 January 2007
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