1619 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Michael Drayton

William Drummond, in "Heads of a Conversation [with] Ben Jonson" (1619); Works (1711) 226.



Drayton seemeth rather to have loved his Muse than his Mistress; by, I know not what artificial Similes, this sheweth well his Mind, but not the Passion. As to that which Spencer calleth his Amorelli, I am not of their Opinion, who think them his; for they are so childish, that it were not well to give them so honourable a Father.