Born: Circa April 8, 1582, Cranbrook, Kent, England.
Died: Circa December 1650, Hilgay, Norfolk, England.
Phineas was the son of Giles Fletcher, and cousin of poet John Fletcher.
He was educated at Eton College and King’s College, Cambridge.
Taking Holy Orders in 1621, he served at Hilgay, Norfolk, almost 29 years.
His best known poem, Purple Island (1633), was an allegorical description of man, in the style of Spenser.
His Locustes or Apollyonists, an anti-Jesuit satire, suggested to Milton some ideas for his Paradise Lost.
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