John Lyly

(1554 - November 1606 / Kent, England)

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John Lyly was an English writer, poet, dramatist, playwright, and politician, best known for his books Euphues, The Anatomy of Wit (1578) and Euphues and His England (1580). Lyly's literary style, originating in his first books, is known as Euphuism.

Biography

John Lyly was born in Kent, England, in 1553/1554, to Peter Lyly (d. 1569) and his wife, Jane Burgh (or ... more »

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  • Hark, hark, with what a pretty throat
    Poor robin-redbreast tunes his note;
    Hark, how the jolly cuckoos sing
    Cuckoo—to welcome in the spring!
    Cuckoo—to welcome in ...
    John Lyly (1553-1606), British poet. Alexander and Campaspe. . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ...
  • ''Cupid and my Campaspe played
    At cards for kisses,''
    John Lyly (1553-1606), British poet. Alexander and Campaspe. . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ...
  • What bird so sings, yet so does wail?
    O, 'tis the ravished nightingale!
    "Jug, jug, jug, jug, tereu," she cries,
    And still her woes at midnight rise.
    Brave prick-song! who i...
    John Lyly (1553-1606), British poet. Alexander and Campaspe. . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ...
  • ''A clear conscience is a sure card.''
    John Lyly (1554-1606), British author. Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit, "To the Gentlemen Scholars of Oxford," (1579), ed. Edward Arber (1868).
  • ''The sun shineth upon the dunghill, and is not corrupted.''
    John Lyly (1554-1606), British author. Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit, p. 43 (1579), ed. Edward Arber (1868).
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