1804 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Fowler

David Irving, in Lives of the Scottish Poets (1804) 2:296.



WILLIAM FOWLER flourished about the year 1587. Two manuscript volumes of his poems are among the books presented by Drummond to the University of Edinburgh. In the title-page of one of them he is styled "P. of Hawicke:" that is, parson or rector of Hawicke. This volume is entitled The Tarantula of Love; and comprehends a series of sonnets on the Italian model. The other manuscript is a translation of the triumphs of Petrarch. Specimens of both these productions may be found in a late injudicious collection [Scottish Descriptive Poems, 1803]. Their merit is far from being extraordinary. Fowler however may once have been a poet of some note: King James has written a commendatory sonnet on his translation, in return for one which Fowler wrote in praise of The Furies.