‘Fulke Greville was one of the finest sonneteers
of his day’
Elizabethan and Jacobean Poets, John F. Danby, pp. 27-30.
‘Greville is one of the most profound of our poets’
Sir Philip Sidney and the English Renaissance, John Buxton
(1954), pp. 98-100.
‘How great a poet Greville is. It is my opinion that he should be
ranked with Jonson as one of the two great masters of the short poem
in the Renaissance’
Forms of Discovery, Critial & Historical Essays on the Forms of the
Short Poem in English,
Yvor Winters (1967), pp. 44, 52.
‘Greville’s sonnet sequence, Caelica, is one of the most varied,
accomplished, dynamic and deeply interesting pieces of writing which
the whole of the period produced’
Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke, Joan Rees, Routledge (1971), pp.
‘Greville is judged a fine poet by critics whom I admire’
The Elizabethan Sonnet Sequences, Lisle Cecil John (1965), p. 175.
‘Greville’s search for the promised clearer vision is uniquely
urgent and complex and offers perhaps the most ingenious display of
perspective wit among the metaphysical poets’
The Curious Perspective – Literary and Pictorial Wit in the
Ernest B. Gilman (1978), p. 195.
‘Petrarchan verse occasionally broaches the conflict of reasons
and passion but seldom consistently or with the same force which
Shakespeare and Fulke Greville, were able to exert’
The Poetry of Sir Philip Sidney, Robert L. Montgomery, p. 103.
‘I know not that if you accept Shakespeare’s Sonnets, we have finer
love-words in our language than are to be found in Caelica and
scarcely a page without lines that have the very touch of
Shakespeare himself. Greville’s works I take to be merest playthings
compared with what he could have produced ... with his Shakespearean
touches and ‘black lightning’ of power’
The Works of Fulke Greville, Alexander B Groshart, (1870), pp.
Historian, Dramatist & Philosopher
Greville was a genius of very singular
and rare quality’
The Cambridge History of English Literature, ed. A. W. Ward
& A. R. Waller, Volume V (1910), pp. 334-335.
‘that strange genius, Fulke Greville’
The Concise Cambridge History of English Literature, George Sampson,
3rd ed. revised by R. C. Churchill, 1970, p. 127.
‘Greville is a weird obfuscated genius’
Seneca and Elizabethan Tragedy, F. L. Lucas (1922), pp. 112-114.
‘Fulke Greville’s intellect was unquestionably supreme’
The Friend of Sir Philip Sidney, Alexander B Grosart, p. viii.
‘Fulke Greville was one of the most fiercely engaged and restless
intelligences of his Age’
Richard Holmes quoted in The Golden Age of English Drama, S. Gorley
Putt (1981). p. 110.
‘Greville’s mind was a vast species apart’
Cowley’s remark is quoted by William Hazlett, Works,
ed. P. P. Howe (1930-4), xvii., p. 130.
‘Fulke Greville, man of genius’
Foreign Influences in Elizabethan Plays, Felix E. Schelling (1923),