1675 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Michael Drayton

Edward Phillips, in Theatrum Poetarum (1675) 2:136-37.



Michael Drayton, Contemporary of Spencer and Sr Philip Sidney, and for Fame and renoun in Poetry, not much inferior in his time to either: however, he seems somewhat antiquated in the esteem of the more curious of these times, especially in his Polyalbion, the old fashion'd kind of Verse whereof, seem somewhat to diminish that respect which was formerly pay'd to the subject as being both pleasant and elaborate, and thereupon thought worthy to be commented upon, by that once walking Library of our Nation Selden; his Englands Heroical Epistles are more generally lik't, and to such as love the pretty Chat of Nymphs and Sheapherds, his Nymphals and other things of that nature cannot be unpleasant.