1697 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Abraham Cowley

John Dryden, in Dedication to the Aeneid; Works of Virgil (1697) 237.



I must acknowledge that Virgil in Latine, and Spencer in English, have been my Masters. Spencer has also given me the boldness to make use sometimes of his Alexandrin Line, which we call, though improperly, the Pindarick; because Mr. Cowley has often employ'd it in his Odes.