1897 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Beaumont

Edmund Gosse, in Short History of Modern English Literature (1897) 157.



From high up in the seventeenth century careful students have detected a tendency towards the smoother and correcter, but tamer prosody. I do not think that the beginnings of the classical heroic couplet in England can be explored with advantage earlier than in the works of Sir John Beaumont, who, dying in 1627, left behind him a very carefully written historical poem of Bosworth Field.