1821 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Fowler

Joseph Robertson, in Lives of Scottish Poets (1821-22) 6:126-27.



WILLIAM FOWLER was one of the poets of the Court of James VI., before his accession to the English throne. In 1627, two MS. volumes of his poems were presented, by Drummond of Hawthornden, to the University of Edinburgh. One of these, which is in folio, is a translation of the Triumphs of Petrarch; and in the title to it, Fowler is designated "P. of Hawicke;" which is supposed to mean, Parson of Hawick. A commendatory sonnet, by King James, is prefixed. The other, which is in quarto, is entitled The Tarantua of Love; and consists of original sonnets, in the manner of Petrarch. Dr. Leyden, in his Collection of Scottish Descriptive Poems, has given specimens from both these volumes; but there is not a single gem among them.