Philips, John, 1676–1709, English poet. He was one of the few to write in blank verse in an age when the heroic couplet was the standard form. His Splendid Shilling (1701, 1705) is a parody of Milton. Cyder (1708), a utilitarian poem describing the cultivation of apples and the pressing of cider, is modeled after Vergil's Georgics.
See his poems (ed. by M. G. L. Thomas, 1927).
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