Little, Geoffrey, and Elizabeth Hall. “Coleridge’s ’To the Rev. W. L. Bowles’: Another Version?” Review of English Studies: A Quarterly Journal of English Literature and the English Language 32 (May, 1981): 193-196. This fine assessment of Bowles’s poetry offers an illuminating overview of his poetic development.
May, Tim. “Coleridge’s Slave Trade Ode and Bowles’s ’The African.’” Notes and Queries 54, no. 4 (December, 2007): 504-510. May notes the influence that Bowles had on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s writing, and in particular how Bowles’s work influenced Coleridge’s Greek ode.
Modiano, Raimonda. “Coleridge and Wordsworth: The Ethics of Gift Exchange and Literary Ownership.” Wordsworth Circle 20 (Spring, 1989): 113-120. In this comprehensive essay, Modiano provides informative coverage of English literature from 1800 to 1899 and examines the views of Coleridge, Wordsworth, and Bowles.
Rennes, Jacob Johan van. Bowles, Byron, and the Pope Controversy. New York: Haskell House, 1966. Bowles, who is referred to here as a “sonneteer of no mean deserts,” edited a volume of Alexander Pope’s works. In his edition, Bowles criticized Pope. This volume chronicles the correspondence that surrounded this controversy and provides useful background of Bowles and his contemporaries.
Vinson, James, ed. Great Writers of the English Language. 3 vols. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1979. The entry on Bowles, by Tony Bareham, calls him a second-rank poet, without much individuality. Nevertheless, he acknowledges that Bowles was carefully competent with an eye for details, and notes the popularity of Fourteen Sonnets, which restored dignity to a verse form that had been “neglected for the last two generations.”
Wu, Duncan. “Wordsworth’s Readings of Bowles.” Notes and Queries 36 (June, 1989): 166-167. A perceptive and thorough reading of Bowles’s poetry makes this essay worth consulting. Central to an appreciation and understanding of Bowles’s imagination.