1678 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Waller

Thomas Rymer, in Short View of the Tragedy of the Last Age (1678); Moulton, Library of Literary Criticism (1901-05) 2:379-80.



Chaucer threw in Latin, French, Provencal, and other languages, like new stum to raise a fermentation; in Queen Elizabeth's time, it grew fine, but came not to an head and spirit, did not shine and sparkle, till Mr. Waller set it a running.