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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- Sonnet II: My Heart Was Slain
- Sonnet LXI: Since There's No Help
- Sonnet XXVI: I Ever Love
- The Battle Of Agincourt
- Sonnet XIX: You Cannot Love
- The Parting
- Idea XX: An evil spirit, your beauty, ha...
- Sonnet XI: You Not Alone
- How Many Paltry Foolish Painted Things
- To His Coy Love
- Idea LI: Calling to mind since first my ...
- Sonnet I: Like an Advent'rous Seafarer
- Sonnet IX: As Other Men
- Sonnet VI: How Many Paltry Things
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