1831 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Giles Fletcher

Robert Southey, in British Poets, Chaucer to Jonson (1831) 807.



No single family has ever, in one generation, produced three such poets as Giles and Phineas Fletcher, and their cousin the dramatist.

The brothers were sons of Dr. Giles Fletcher, whom Elizabeth employed as commissioner in Scotland, Germany, and the Low Countries, and as ambassador to Russia.

It is probable that Giles was educated, like his father and brother, at Eton: but nothing more is known of his life, than that he was of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated as Bachelor of Divinity; that he is said to have been "equally beloved of the Muses and of the Graces;" and that he died, in the prime of life, at Alderton, in Suffolk, where he was beneficed. The single poem which he as left, will preserve his name while there is any praise.