1675 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas May

Edward Phillips, in Theatrum Poetarum (1675) 2:179.



Tho. May, the vulgarly admir'd Translator of Lucan into English Verse; but here chiefly to be mention'd for what he hath written propria Minerva, as his Supplement of Lucan in Latin Verse; his History of Henry the Second in English Verse, besides what he wrote of Dramatic, as his Tragedies of Antigone, Cleopatra, and Agrippina; the Heir, a Tragi-Comedy; the Old Couple, and the Old Wives Tale, Comedies, and the History of Orlando Furioso: as for his History of England, though it were written in Prose, yet he is thought to have vented therein the spleen of a Malecontented Poet; for having been frustrated in his Expectation of being the Queen's Poet, for which he stood Candidate with Sir William Davenant, who was preferr'd before him.