1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Shadwell

Thomas Campbell, in Specimens of the British Poets (1819; 1845) 305.



THOMAS SHADWELL, the laureate of William III. and the Mac Flecknoe of Dryden, was born 1640, and died 1692. Rochester said of him, that if he had burnt all he wrote, and printed all he spoke, he would have had more wit and humour than any other poet. He left seventeen plays, besides other poems.