ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Phineas Fletcher

(1582-1650)


The brother of Giles Fletcher the younger and cousin of Fletcher the dramatist, Phineas Fletcher was born at Cranbrook, Kent; from Eton he matriculated at King's College Cambridge in 1600 (B.A. 1604, Fellow 1603-16, M.A. 1608). After his career as a university poet he was later chaplain to Sir Henry Willoughby (1615-21) and rector of Hilgay, Norfolk (1621-50). Fletcher was a close friend of John Tomkins, Edward Benlowes and Francis Quarles. In 1628 his poem Venus and Anchises was published as "by Edmund Spencer" under the title of Brittain's Ida.


TEXT RECORDS:

1603[Untitled, "Now did the sunne like an undaunted Hart."]
1609An Hymen at the Marriage of my most deare Cousins Mr. W. and M. R.
1609 ca.Brittain's Ida.
1609 ca.Venus and Anchises.
1610Elisa, or An Elegie upon the unripe Decease of Sr. Antonie Irby.
1610 ca.To Master W. C.
1610 ca.To my beloved Cousin W. R. Esquire. Calend. Januar.
1610 ca.To my beloved Thenot in Answer of his Verse.
1610 ca.To my ever honoured Cousin W. R. Esquire.
1610 ca.Upon my Brother, Mr. G. F. his Book entituled Christs Victorie and Triumph.
1612 ca.The Locusts, or Apollyonists.
1612 ca.The Locusts, or Apollyonists. Canto II.
1612 ca.The Locusts, or Apollyonists. Canto III.
1612 ca.The Locusts, or Apollyonists. Canto IV.
1612 ca.The Locusts, or Apollyonists. Canto V.
1614 ca.Epithalamium.
1615 ca.Eclogue I. Amyntas.
1615 ca.Eclogue II. Thirsil.
1615 ca.Eclogue III. Myrtilus.
1615 ca.Eclogue IIII. Chromis.
1615 ca.Eclogue V. Nicaea.
1615 ca.Eclogue VI. Thomalin.
1615 ca.Eclogue VII. The Prize.
1615Sicelides. A Piscatory.
1615 ca.The Purple Island, or the Isle of Man.
1615 ca.The Purple Island. Canto II.
1615 ca.The Purple Island. Canto III.
1615 ca.The Purple Island. Canto IV.
1615 ca.The Purple Island. Canto IX.
1615 ca.The Purple Island. Canto V.
1615 ca.The Purple Island. Canto VI.
1615 ca.The Purple Island. Canto VII.
1615 ca.The Purple Island. Canto VIII.
1615 ca.The Purple Island. Canto X.
1615 ca.The Purple Island. Canto XI.
1615 ca.The Purple Island. Canto XII.
1619 ca.To Mr. Jo. Tomkins.

PUBLICATIONS:

Locustae: vel pietas Jesuitica. 1627.
Brittain's Ida. 1628.
Sicelides a piscatory. 1631.
Joy in tribulation: or consolations for afflicted spirits. 1632.
The way to blessedness: or a treatise on the first psalme. 1632.
Giles Fletcher the elder, De Literis Antiquae Britanniae [ed. Fletcher]. 1633.
Sylva poetica. 1633.
The purple island. 1633.
A father's testament. 1670.
Piscatory eclogues, with other poetical miscellanies. 1771.
The purple island ... to which is added Christs victorie and triumph. 1783.
Poetical works [with Giles the younger], ed. F. S. Boas. 2 vols, 1908-09.
Venus and Anchises — Britain's Ida — and other poems, ed. Ethel Seaton. 1926.