1836 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Heywood

Richard Cattermole, in Sacred Poetry of the Seventeenth Century (1836) 2:147.



THOMAS HEYWOOD was a remarkable instance of the prolific genius of the dramatists of the age of Elizabeth and James I. In the preface to one of his publications, he claims to be the author, entirely or in part, of no less than two hundred and twenty plays; the greater number of which are lost; but a list of twenty-four, still extant, is given in Cibber's Lives of the Poets. He left other works — as the "Life of Queen Elizabeth," the "General History of Women," and the "Hierarchy of the Angels." It is from this last, a long, and, upon the whole, tedious poem, but not without powerful and even sublime passages, that the pieces which follow are extracted.