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John Skelton

(1460 - 1529 / Norfolk, England)

John Skelton
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John Skelton possibly born in Diss Norfolk, was an English poet.

Education

He is said to have been educated at Oxford. He certainly studied at Cambridge, and he is probably the "one Scheklton" mentioned by William Cole as taking his M.A. degree in 1484. In 1490, William Caxton writes of him, in the preface to The Boke of Eneydos compyled by Vyrgyle, in terms which prove that he had already won a reputation as a scholar. "But I pray mayster John Skelton," he says, "late created poete laureate in the unyversite of Oxenforde, to oversee and correct this sayd booke ... for him I know for suffycyent to expowne and englysshe every dyffyculte that is therin. For he hath... more »

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  • ''Gup, Christian Clout, gup, Jack of the Vale!
    With Mannerly Margery Milk and Ale.''
    John Skelton (1460?-1529), British poet. Mannerly Margery Mylk and Ale (l. 6-7). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and oth...
  • A phoenix it is
    This hearse that must bless
    With aromatic gums
    That cost great sums,
    The way of thurification
    To make a fumigation,
    Sweet of reflare,
    A...
    John Skelton (1460?-1529), British poet. Phyllyp Sparowe (l. 235-242). . . Oxford Book of Light Verse, The. W. H. Auden, ed. (1938) Oxford Univers...
  • ''The bird of Araby,
    That potentially
    May never die,''
    John Skelton (1460?-1529), British poet. Phyllyp Sparowe (l. 230-232). . . Oxford Book of Light Verse, The. W. H. Auden, ed. (1938) Oxford Univers...
  • ''And with the corner of a Creed,
    The more shall be your meed.''
    John Skelton (1460?-1529), British poet. Phyllyp Sparowe (l. 15-16). . . Oxford Book of Light Verse, The. W. H. Auden, ed. (1938) Oxford Universit...
  • ''There riseth a new creation
    Of the same fashion
    Without alteration,''
    John Skelton (1460?-1529), British poet. Phyllyp Sparowe (l. 258-260). . . Oxford Book of Light Verse, The. W. H. Auden, ed. (1938) Oxford Univers...
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