Other literary forms

(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

Isaac Watts’s verse and prose is almost exclusively religious, although—as a practicing divine interested in the instruction of youth—he authored tracts that could be classified as pedagogical and theological. Foremost among these is a collection of prayers for little children titled The First Catechism (1692). This collection was followed by The Art of Reading and Writing English (1721), The Christian Doctrine of the Trinity (1722), Logick: Or, The Right Use of Reason (1725), An Essay Towards the Encouragement of Charity Schools (1728), A Caveat Against Infidelity (1729), and his last work, Useful and Important Questions Concerning Jesus, the Son of God (1746). Watt’s Sermons on Various Subjects, in three volumes, appeared between 1721 and 1727.