1825 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Giles Fletcher

Anonymous, in Review of Fletcher, Christ's Victory and Triumph; Imperial Magazine 7 (September 1825) 861.



He is a poet of sterling merit, although his language is somewhat uncouth, and his figures are sometimes fantastically strained; but there is a graphic terseness about him, which amply rewards the reader who undertakes the perusal of his poems. Nay, we do not go too far, when we say, that there is frequently most beautiful and powerful poetry in the volume before us. Every stanza, with all its blemishes, speaks its author a man of great mental energy. He has consecrated his powers to a noble end: and he will now reap his reward, in the steady and continuing admiration of posterity. The two poems of Giles Fletcher will not admit of an extract to advantage; but there are appended some "Choice Pieces," by Herbert, which are many of them, though of rather rude versification, very excellent.