20 March 1742
This version of the poem includes book iv for the first time. Theobald, however, remains the hero.
The Dunciad is, doubtless, Mr. Pope's dotage, ['the dreams of Zeus']; flat in the whole, and including, with several tolerable lines, a number of weak, obscure, and even punning ones.
As to the Dunciad, it is greatly admired: the Genii of Operas and Schools [iv. 45ff.], with their attendants, the pleas of the Virtuosos and Florists [iv. 347ff.], and the yawn of dulness in the end [iv. 650ff.], are as fine as anything he has written. The Metaphysician's part [iv. 239ff.] is to me the worst; and here and there a few ill-expressed lines, and some hardly intelligible.