1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Phineas Fletcher

Philip Bliss, in Athenae Oxonienses (1815) 2:676n.



The pastoral of Sicelides was published anonymously, but is peremptorily assigned by Reed and others to Phineas Fletcher. The style of it, however, is so very inferior to the avowed productions of that ingenious writer, that it would be satisfactory to trace the source of the assignment. PARK.

Fletcher is the author also of an excellent poem called The Purple Island, printed at Cambridge, 4to. 1633. WHALLEY.

So many passages in this Piscatory, are found, with variations, in The Purple Island, and Poetical Miscellanies, that there cannot be a doubt of their having been all written by the same hand. Ph. Fletcher was also the author of Locustae; vel Pietatis Jesuetica, Cantab. 4to. 1627.