John Philips

Download PDF Save to Bookshelf Tweet Report an Error
Pat Rogers (University of South Florida)

John Philips lived for only thirty-two years, but in that span he made a niche for himself in literary history. He was a master of burlesque and perhaps the most successful of the many writers who have attempted to parody Milton’s language for comic purposes. His contribution to a favourite eighteenth-century genre, georgic poetry, ranks alongside the most accomplished, and it has been contended that his masterpiece, Cyder “fixed the English georgic and determined its form” (Durling, 35). Only a handful of poets exerted more influence in succeeding generations, and as a skilled practitioner of imitation he himself was copied by several talented authors. An excellent summary is that of Dustin Griffin:

2028 words

Citation: Rogers, Pat. "John Philips". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 April 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3550, accessed 07 February 2023.]

3550 John Philips 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.