ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Smith

(1570 ca.-1596 fl.)


Very little is known about the author of Chloris (1596), sonneteer and disciple of Spenser. His poems appear in The Phoenix Nest (1593) and England's Helicon (1600). Samuel Egerton Brydges identifies him, without giving any evidence, as the "W. S." who contributed verses to John Grange, The Golden Aphroditis (1577).


TEXT RECORDS:

1596Sonnet 50. ["Colin I know that, in thy loftie wit."]
1596To the most excellent and learned Shepheard Collin Cloute.

PUBLICATIONS:

Chloris, or the complaint of the passionate despised shepheard. 1596.
Poems, ed. Lawrence A. Sasek. 1970.