1743 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Phineas Fletcher

Palaeophilus, Headnote in Gentleman's Magazine 13 (February 1743) 98.



Kettle-Bender, Feb. 8, 1743.

SIR,

You have frequently recommended new poems to your Magazine; but it may perhaps be a task as useful and agreeable, to retrieve the lost beauties of an antient poet, as to introduce those of a modern one into the world. In Fletcher's poem, call'd the Purple Island, are many fine passages; particularly the following one [Canto V, Stanzas 61-67]; which I would recommend to the perusal of such who think we had no fine thoughts, or smooth versification among us, till some writers of a later date introduced them. The edition from whence I take this was printed in the year 1633.

I am, &c.

PALAEOPHILUS.