1877 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Flatman

Thomas Corser, in Collectanea Anglo-Poetica 6 (1877) 360-61.



Thomas Flatman, a native of London, whose paintings are more admired than his poetry, was born in 1635, educated at Winchester, and afterwards at New College, Oxford, of which he became Fellow in 1654; was bred to the profession of the law, and became a barrister in the Inner Temple, but devoted himself more to the studies of painting and poetry. In the latter he was an imitator of the Pindaric style of Cowley, and it was something to his honour that Pope was supposed to have imitated him rather closely in his celebrated Ode of The Dying Christian to his Soul. He was intimate with Oldham, Sprat, Mrs. Katherine Phillips, Woodford, Creech, and others of that class, and wrote commendatory verses before their Poems. The works of his painting are now become scarce, and are highly valued. He died in London, on the 8th December 1688, aged 53.