1859 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joshua Sylvester

David Masson, in Life of John Milton (1859-94; 1965) 1:89n.



It was Lauder, I believe, who in the course of his attempts to prove Milton to have been a plagiarist, first called attention to certain coincidences in idea and expression between Milton's poems, especially his Paradise Lost, and Sylvester's Du Bartas. The question was subsequently argued, in a more becoming spirit, by Todd (Gent. Mag., Nov. 1796), and still more fully and ingeniously by Mr. Charles Dunster, in his Considerations on Milton's Early Reading and the Prima Stamina of his Paradise Lost, published in 1800.