ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Giles Fletcher

(1588 ca.-1623)


The son of a distinguished father of the same name, Giles Fletcher was the brother of Phineas and cousin of Richard Fletcher the dramatist. He studied at Westminster School and Trinity College Cambridge (B.A. 1606, Fellow 1608, M.A. 1609, B.D. 1619). Giles Fletcher was ordained in 1613 and in 1617 was made rector of Helmingham, Suffolk, afterwards moving in 1619 to Alderton in Suffolk, where he remained until his early death in 1623. Misled by the entry in Phillips's Theatrum Poetarum (1675) William Winstanley later invented a third Fletcher brother named "George."


TEXT RECORDS:

1603A Canto upon the Death of Eliza.
1610Christ's Victorie in Heaven.
1610Christs Triumph After Death.
1610Christs Triumph over Death.
1610Christs Victorie on Earth.
1612Upon the most lamented Departure of Prince Henrie.

PUBLICATIONS:

Christs victorie and triumph in heaven and earth. 1610.
The young divine's apology [Nathaniel Pownoll, ed. Fletcher]. 1612.
The reward of the faithfull. 1623.
Complete Poems, ed. Grosart. 1876.
Poetical works of Giles and Phineas Fletcher, ed. F. S. Boas. 2 vols, 1908-09.