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William Walsh (1663—1708) was an English poet and critic, son of Joseph Walsh of Abberley Hall, Worcestershire.

He entered Wadham College, Oxford, as a gentleman commoner in 1678. Leaving the university without a degree, he settled in his native county, and was returned MP for Worcestershire in 1698, 1701 and 1702. In 1705 he sat for Richmond, Yorkshire. On the accession of Queen Anne he was made "gentleman of the horse," a post which he held till his death, noted by Narcissus Luttrell on 18 March 1708.

He wrote a Dialogue concerning Women, being a Defence of the Sex (1691), addressed to "Eugenia"; and Letters and Poems, Amorous and Gallant (preface dated 1692, printed in Jonson's Miscellany, 1716, and separately, 1736); love lyrics designed, says the author, to impart to the world "the faithful image of an amorous heart."

It is not as a poet, however, but as the friend and correspondent of Alexander Pope that Walsh is remembered. Pope's Pastorals were submitted for his criticism by Wycherley in 1705, and Walsh then entered on a direct correspondence with the young poet. The letters are printed in Pope's Works (ed. Elwin and Courthope, vi. 49-60). Pope, who visited him at Abberley in 1707, set great value upon his opinion. "Mr Walsh used to tell me," he says, "that there was one way left of excelling; for though we had several great poets, we never had any one great poet that was correct, and he desired me to make that my study and my aim."

The excessive eulogy accorded both by Dryden and Pope to Walsh must be accounted for partly on the ground of personal friendship. The life of Virgil prefixed to Dryden's translation, and a "Preface to the Pastorals with a short defence of Virgil, against some of the reflections of Monsieur Fontenella," both ascribed at one time to Walsh, were the work of Dr Knightly Chetwood (1650-1720). In 1704 Walsh collaborated with Sir John Vanbrugh and William Congreve in Monsieur de Pourceaugnac, or Squire Trelooby, an adaptation of Molière's farce. Walsh's Poems are included in Anderson's and other collections of the British poets.

See The Lives of the Poets, vol. iii. pp. 151 et seq., published 1753 as by Theophilus Cibber.

William Walsh
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Total Books: 53
David Bottoms Critical Essays and Interviews
2010 - David Bottoms Critical Essays and Interviews (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780786447299
ISBN-10: 078644729X
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D J Enright Poet of Humanism
2010 - D J Enright Poet of Humanism (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780521134651
ISBN-10: 052113465X
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Poems and Translations
2010 - Poems and Translations (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142332877
ISBN-10: 114233287X
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Works
2009 - Works (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780217946223
ISBN-10: 0217946224
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The Lenten Manual and Companion for Passion Time and Holy Week
2009 - The Lenten Manual and Companion for Passion Time and Holy Week (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780217956406
ISBN-10: 0217956408
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The Works Of The Most Celebrated Minor Poets V2
2009 - The Works of the Most Celebrated Minor Poets V2 [1749] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781104924546
ISBN-10: 1104924544
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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God and I or A Week's Spiritual Retreat
2009 - God and I or a Week's Spiritual Retreat (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781110462667
ISBN-10: 1110462662
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The Grove Or A Collection Of Original Poems Translations Etc
2009 - The Grove or a Collection of Original Poems Translations Etc [1721] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781104392192
ISBN-10: 1104392194
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Poems And Translations By Several Hands
2009 - Poems and Translations By Several Hands [1714] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781104259570
ISBN-10: 1104259575
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Questionstruck A Collection of Question-Based Texts Derived from the Books of Calvin Trillin
Eucharistica Or A Series Of Pieces Original And Translated Of The Most Holy And Adorable Sacrament Of The Eucharist
Without Wax A Documentary Novel
2008 - Without Wax a Documentary Novel (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781934081013
ISBN-10: 1934081019
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Isabella of Spain The Last Crusader
1987 - Isabella of Spain the Last Crusader [1451-1504] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780895553201
ISBN-10: 0895553201
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality
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Characters of the Inquisition
1987 - Characters of the Inquisition [1053] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780895553263
ISBN-10: 0895553260
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality
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R K Narayan  A Critical Appreciation
1982 - R K Narayan a Critical Appreciation (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780226872131
ISBN-10: 0226872130
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RKNarayan A Critical Appreciation
1982 - Rknarayan a Critical Appreciation (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780434841509
ISBN-10: 0434841501
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Commonwealth Literature
1973 - Commonwealth Literature (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780198880578
ISBN-10: 019888057X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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RKNarayan
1972 - Rknarayan [Writers & Their Work] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780582012240
ISBN-10: 0582012244
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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A Human Idiom Literature and Humanity
1965 - A Human Idiom Literature and Humanity (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780701111809
ISBN-10: 0701111801
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V S Naipaul
V S Naipaul [Modern writers] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780050025871
ISBN-10: 0050025872
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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VS Naipaul
Vs Naipaul [Mod. Writers S] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780050025888
ISBN-10: 0050025880
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Indian Literature in English [Longman Literature in English Series] (Hardcover)Paperback
Patrick White Voss [Studies in English literature ; no. 62] (Hardcover)Paperback
Patrick White's Voss [Study in English Literature] (Paperback)Hardcover
Isabel De Espana [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)