1847 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Taylor the Water Poet

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



JOHN TAYLOR, who was originally a waterman of London, and from thence is called the "water-poet," was the author of a great number of poems published within the period from 1612 to 1624. In 1630 they were all published in one volume, with the title, "All the Works of John Taylor, the Water-Poet; being sixty-three in number; collected into one volume by the Author, with sundry new additions, corrected, revised, and newly imprinted." The writings of Taylor are chiefly secular, but like most other secular poets of his day, he sometimes tuned h is harp to nobler strains.