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Minor Poems of Michael Drayton   By: (1563-1631)

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MINOR POEMS OF MICHAEL DRAYTON

CHOSEN AND EDITED BY CYRIL BRETT

OXFORD AT THE CLARENDON PRESS 1907

Henry Frowde, M.A. Publisher to the University of Oxford London, Edinburgh, New York and Toronto

CONTENTS

PAGE

CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE iv

INTRODUCTION v

SONNETS (1594) 1

SONNETS (1599) 28

SONNETS (1602) 42

SONNETS (1605) 47

SONNETS (1619) 51

ODES (1619) 56

ODES (1606) 85

ELEGIES (1627) 88

NIMPHIDIA (1627) 124

THE QUEST OF CYNTHIA 144

THE SHEPARDS SIRENA 151

THE MUSES ELIZIUM (1630) 161

SONGS FROM THE SHEPHERD'S GARLAND (1593) 231

SONGS FROM THE SHEPHERD'S GARLAND (1605) 240

SONGS FROM THE SHEPHERD'S GARLAND (1606) 242

APPENDIX 248

NOTES 257

CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE OF DRAYTON'S LIFE AND WORKS

1563 Drayton born at Hartshill, Warwickshire.

1572? Drayton a page in the house of Sir Henry Goodere, at Polesworth.

c. 1574 Anne Goodere born?

Feb. 1591 Drayton in London. Harmony of Church .

1593 Idea, the Shepherd's Garland . Legend of Peirs Gaveston .

1594 Ideas Mirrour . Matilda . Lucy Harrington becomes Countess of Bedford.

1595 Sir Henry Goodere the elder dies. Endimion and Phoebe , dedicated to Lucy Bedford.

1595 6 Anne Goodere married to Sir Henry Rainsford.

1596 Mortimeriados . Legends of Robert, Matilda, and Gaveston .

1597 England's Heroical Epistles .

1598 Drayton already at work on the Polyolbion .

1599 Epistles and Idea sonnets, new edition. (Date of Portrait of Drayton in National Portrait Gallery.)

1600 Sir John Oldcastle .

1602 New edition of Epistles and Idea .

1603 Drayton made an Esquire of the Bath, to Sir Walter Aston. To the Maiestie of King James . Barons' Wars .

1604 The Owle . A Pean Triumphall . Moyses in a Map of his Miracles .

1605 First collected edition of Poems . Another edition of Idea and Epistles .

1606 Poemes Lyrick and Pastorall . Odes . Eglogs . The Man in the Moone .

1607 Legend of Great Cromwell .

1608 Reprint of Collected Poems.

1609 Another edition of Cromwell .

1610 Reprint of Collected Poems.

1613 Reprint of Collected Poems. First Part of Polyolbion .

1618 Two Elegies in FitzGeoffrey's Satyrs and Epigrames .

1619 Collected Folio edition of Poems.

1620 Second edition of Elegies , and reprint of 1619 Poems.

1622 Polyolbion complete.

1627 Battle of Agincourt , Nymphidia , &c.

1630 Muses Elizium . Noah's Floud . Moses his Birth and Miracles . David and Goliah .

1631 Second edition of 1627 folio. Drayton dies towards the end of the year.

1636 Posthumous poem appeared in Annalia Dubrensia .

1637 Poems .

INTRODUCTION

Michael Drayton was born in 1563, at Hartshill, near Atherstone, in Warwickshire, where a cottage, said to have been his, is still shown. He early became a page to Sir Henry Goodere, at Polesworth Hall: his own words give the best picture of his early years here.[1] His education would seem to have been good, but ordinary; and it is very doubtful if he ever went to a university.[2] Besides the authors mentioned in the Epistle to Henry Reynolds, he was certainly familiar with Ovid and Horace, and possibly with Catullus: while there seems no reason to doubt that he read Greek, though it is quite true that his references to Greek authors do not prove any first hand acquaintance... Continue reading book >>




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