1805 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Watson

Henry John Todd, in Works of Spenser (1805) 1:xcix.



Alcon, I am induced to think, is intended [in Colin Clouts Come Home Againe] for Thomas Watson; a writer of numerous sonnets and madrigals, and commenced as the English Petrarch. He is also numbered among the principal writers of pastoral poetry; and is classed with Harvey, Leland, Newton, and others of his countrymen, for having attained good report, and honourable advancement, as a Latin poet. Spenser apparently wished him to "raise his tunes from lays," from songs and sonnets, to loftier themes. He has bestowed on Spenser a very neat encomium.