1894 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Rowlands

Edmund Gosse, in The Jacobean Poets (1894) 17.



His works consist of satirical characters in verse, mainly in the six-line stanza, describing those fantastical types of the day which so many of the minor writers delighted in caricaturing. They are often well-written, clear, pointed, and regular, never rising to the incisive melody of a great poet, but never sinking below a fairly admirable level, while for the student of manners they abound in realistic detail.