Michael Drayton

(1563 - 1631 / Warwickshire / England)

Michael Drayton
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Drayton was born at Hartshill in Warwickshire and as a youth he became page to Sir Henry Goodere of Polesworth. He fell in love with Sir Henry's daughter, Anne, and worshipped her as 'Idea' in his poetry. Even after her marriage to Sir Henry Rainford he continued to celebrate her charms in verse, and he never married.

He had wanted to be a poet from the age of ten, and achieved his ambition through hard work and a succession of noble patrons, in spite of some ill-fortune. His first work was a verse paraphrase of parts of the Old Testament and Apocrypha, The Harmony of the Church. Ironically, the Harmony caused offence among the authorities and was banned. When James I became king ... more »

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  • ''Fair stood the wind for France,
    When we our sails advance,
    Nor now to prove our chance
    Longer will tarry;''
    Michael Drayton (1563-1631), British poet. Agincourt (l. 1-4). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed. (1952) Doubleday & C...
  • Upon Saint Crispin's day
    Fought was this noble fray,
    Which fame did not delay
    To England to carry.
    On when shall Englishmen
    With such acts fill a pen,
    Or Engl...
    Michael Drayton (1563-1631), British poet. Agincourt (l. 113-120). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed. (1952) Doubleday...
  • No far-fetched sigh shall ever wound my breast,
    Love from mine eye a tear shall never wring,
    Nor in Ah me's my whining sonnets dressed,
    A libertine, fantastically I sing.
    M...
    Michael Drayton (1563-1631), British poet. Idea (sonnet 1, l. 5-10). . . The Anchor Anthology of Sixteenth Century Verse. Richard Sylvester, ed. (...
  • ''Or if no thing but death will serve thy turn,
    Still thirsting for subversion of my state,
    Do what thou canst, raze, massacre, and burn,
    Let the world see the utmost of thy hate;''
    Michael Drayton (1563-1631), British poet. Idea (sonnet 63, l. 9-12). . . Sonnet, The; an Anthology. Robert M. Bender and Charles L. Squier, eds. ...
  • Since there's no help, come let us kiss and part;
    Nay, I have done, you get no more of me,
    And I am glad, yea, glad with all my heart
    That thus so cleanly I myself can free;
    Michael Drayton (1563-1631), British poet. Idea (sonnet 15, l. 1-8). . . Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse, The. E. K. Chambers, comp. (1932)...
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  • Nirmal Trivedi (11/11/2011 8:21:00 AM)

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    I'm not sure how to use this...I am a new member and I'm interested in Michael Drayton's Sonnets. I logged in and requested them and I see the list on the screen, but now what do I do? Thanks so much.
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