1772 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Phineas Fletcher

John Langhorne, Review of Fletcher, Piscatory Eclogues; Monthly Review 47 (July 1772) 70-71.



Phineas Fletcher was a cotemporary or near relation of the famous dramatic writer of the same name. He was brought up to the church at the university of Cambridge; was a man of fine taste, and possessed the genuine enthusiasm of poetry. Mr. William Thompson, who was a few years ago Poetry-Professor in the university of Oxford, and a good poet himself, was a professed admirer of Phineas Fletcher's poems. Beside these Piscatory Eclogues, which are in many places beautiful and picturesque, he wrote several other poetical pieces, particularly a capital allegorical poem called the Purple Island, that has much merit, and many beauties. His works are now scarce. These eclogues were lately published at Edinburgh.