FLETCHER, GILES (called the Younger, to distinguish him from his father--b. about 1549; d. 1611--also known as a poet): English divine and religious poet; b. in London c. 1588; d. at Alderton (11 m. e. s. e. of Ipswich), Suffolk, 1623. He was educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A., 1606), where he became a minor fellow in 1608, reader in Greek grammar in 1615, and reader in the Greek language in 1618. Soon afterward he left the university and became rector at Alderton, Suffolk. Fletcher is known principally by the poem, Christ's Victory and Triumph in Heaven and Earth over and after Death (2 parts, Cambridge, 1610; modern editions, London, 1869, 1876, by A. B. Grosart, 1888, 1899, etc.) which has been called one of the most remarkable religious poems in the language: It undoubtedly furnished Milton with valuable suggestions, which he utilized in Paradise Regained. Fletcher published also The Reward of the Faithful (London, 1623), a theological treatise in prose.