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 LXI: Since There's No Help
- Idea XX: An evil spirit, your beauty, ha...
- Sonnet XXVI: I Ever Love
- Sonnet II: My Heart Was Slain
- Sonnet IV: Bright Star of Beauty
- Sonnet LV: My Fair, If Thou Wilt
- Sonnet LI: Calling to Mind
- Idea LI: Calling to mind since first my ...
- Sonnet LXIII: Truce, Gentle Love
- Sonnet XIX: You Cannot Love
- How Many Paltry Foolish Painted Things
- Sonnet LII: What? Dost Thou Mean
- Sonnet XI: You Not Alone
- Sonnet VI: How Many Paltry Things
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