1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Nashe

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 38.



Nash (circa 1564-1600) wrote a comedy called Summer's Last Will and Testament, which was acted before Queen Elizabeth in 1592. He was also concerned with Marlowe in writing the tragedy of Dido. He was the Churchill of his day, and famed for his satires. He speaks of his life as "spent in fantastical satirism, in whose veins heretofore I misspent my spirit, and prodigally conspired against good hours."