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 ...

Popular Poems
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Sonnet Lxi: Since There's No Help

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.
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2.
Agincourt

FAIR stood the wind for France
When we our sails advance,
Nor now to prove our chance
   Longer will tarry;
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Sonnet Xxvi: I Ever Love

To Despair

I ever love where never hope appears,
Yet hope draws on my never-hoping care,
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4.
Sirena

NEAR to the silver Trent
   SIRENA dwelleth;
She to whom Nature lent
   All that excelleth;
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Sonnet Xlix: Thou Leaden Brain

Thou leaden brain, which censur'st what I write,
And say'st my lines be dull and do not move,
I marvel not thou feel'st not my delight,
Which never felt'st my fiery touch of love.
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Comments

someone 11 April 2018

michael drayton is sooooo boring. pick a new poet.

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Nirmal Trivedi 11 November 2011

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. Kate

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Kate Light 22 October 2004

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. Kate

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