1757 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Butler

John Free, in Poems on Several Occasions (1757) xxviii.



The HEROICOMICAL, or Mock-heroick is peculiar to ourselves, it is an Iambick Verse of 4 Feet, or 8 Syllables, sometimes Rhyming with two Syllabels. It grew remarkable about the Reign of Charles II. chiefly by the Use of two great Wits, Mr. BUTLER the Author of Hudibras, and Mr. COTTON the Author of Virgil Travestie, who have since been imitated with great Applause, by Prior, Swift, and many others.