1794 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Phineas Fletcher

Robert Alves, in Sketches of a History of Literature (1794) 113.



Phineas Fletcher flourished in this period. I have seen his Piscatory Eclogues; the plan is borrowed from Sanazarius: but the verse, much like Spenser's, is variable, smooth, tender, and descriptive. It is, however, too much tinctured with that false kind of wit and antithesis, so much in vogue among the inferior Italian poets.