1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nicholas Breton

Thomas Campbell, in Specimens of the British Poets (1819; 1845) 84.



Mr. Ellis conjectures that this writer was born in 1556, and died in 1624. He is supposed by Mr. Ritson to be the same Captain Nicholas Breton whose monument is still in the church at Norton, in which parish his family were lords of the manor till within these few years. His happiest vein is in little pastoral pieces. In addition to the long roll of his indifferent works which are enumerated in the Biographia Poetica, the Censura Literaria imputes to him a novel of singular absurdity, in which the miseries of the heroine of the story are consummated by having her nose bit off by an aged and angry rival of her husband.