Charles Lamb made the most fitting criticism of Spenser when he called him the “Poets’ Poet’:
(i) His greatness was immediately recognized, with his first publication, and his influence has continued to grow ever since.
(ii) He has coached more poets, and more eminent ones, that any other writer of English verse.
(iii) Throughout the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries a host of poets followed him, called him their master, and exalted him as their guide and mentor.
(iv) Milton, Browne and the two Fletchers were his professed disciples.