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John Philips (1676–1709)

Philips, John. An English dramatist; born at Bampton in Oxfordshire, 1676; died on Feb. 15, 1709. He was an ardent student of the ancient classics, and also of Chaucer, Spenser, and Milton. He came into the favorable notice of critics and lovers of poetry with ‘The Splendid Shilling’ (1703), pronounced by the Tatler “the best burlesque poem in the English language.” In a like burlesque vein he wrote ‘Blenheim’ (1705); then the didactic poem ‘Cyder’ in imitation of Virgil’s ‘Georgics.’