1847 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Phineas Fletcher

Edward Farr, in Select Poetry, chiefly sacred, of the Reign of King James the First (1847) xxiv.



PHINEAS FLETCHER, the brother of Giles Fletcher, was born in 1584, and died in 1650. He was a clergyman of the Church of England; having the living of Hilgay, in Norfolk, which was presented to him by Sir Henry Willoughby. The principal poem of this author is "The Purple Island," a poem in twelve cantos, containing an allegorical description of the body and soul of man. As a whole, this poem would not suit the taste of the modern reader, but it abounds with rich and picturesque passages. Besides this poem, Phineas Fletcher wrote "Piscatory Eclogues," and translated a few of the Psalms of David in verse.