ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Jane Brereton

(1685-1740)


Jane Brereton was the daughter of Thomas Hughes of Bryn-Griffeth, Wales. She married the poet Thomas Brereton in 1711 but separated from her husband in 1721; he drowned a year later while attempting to escape prosecution for libel. She then settled in Wrexham, Wales. Brereton's Poems include The Dream, in imitation of Chaucer's House of Fame. She published under the name "Melissa." Samuel Egerton Brydges found in her "some talents for versification, in not for poetry."


TEXT RECORDS:

1735Merlin: a Poem.

PUBLICATIONS:

The fifth ode of the fourth book of Horace, imitated. 1716.
Merlin: a poem. 1735.
Poems on several occasions ... with letters. 1744.