ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Puttenham

(1529 ca.-1590)


The Arte of English Poesie is traditionally ascribed to George Puttenham, though some have suggested that it is the work of his elder brother Richard. George Puttenham entered Christ's College Cambridge in 1546 and was admitted at the Middle Temple in 1556. He may have been involved in an attempt to murder Cecil in 1570, following which he was imprisoned and took refuge on the Continent. Some verse by Puttenham remains in manuscript.


TEXT RECORDS:

1589The Arte of English Poesie.

PUBLICATIONS:

The arte of English poesie, contrived into three bookes. 1589.