1675 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Fletcher

Edward Phillips, in Theatrum Poetarum (1675) 2:108-09.



John Fletcher, one of the happy Triumvirat (the other two being Johnson and Shakespear) of the Chief Dramatic Poets of our Nation, in the last foregoing Age, among whom there might be said to be a symmetry of perfection, while each excelled in his peculiar way: Ben. Johnson in his elaborate pains and knowledge of Authors, Shakespear in his pure vein of wit and natural Poetic heighth; Fletcher in a courtly Elegance, and gentile familiarity of style, and withal a wit and invention to overflowing, that the luxuriant branches thereof were frequently thought convenient to be lopt off by his almost inseparable Companion Francis Beaumont.