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Thomas Nashe

(1567-1601 / England)

Thomas Nashe
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Thomas Nashe was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk. He studied at St John's College Cambridge and travelled widely in France and Italy before coming to London and involving himself in the Martin Marprelate controversy. The Martin Marprelate Pamphlets were a series of satirical tracts attacking the Bishops. Nashe was involved in the production of several anti-Martinist pamphlets in the early 1590's which established his talent for vituperation (skill in the use of abusive reproaches). The controversy raged on until 1599 during which time he focused his efforts on attacking the writers Richard and Gabriel Harvey who had criticised Nashe's mentor Robert Greene. 'Pierce Pennilesse, his Supplication to ... more »

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  • Autumn hath all the summer's fruitful treasure;
    Gone is our sport, fled is poor Croydon's pleasure.
    Short days, sharp days, long nights come on apace,
    Ah! who shall hide us from t...
    Thomas Nashe (1567-1601), British poet. Autumn (l. 1-7). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Holla...
  • Beauty is but a flower,
    Which wrinkles will devour;
    Brightness falls from the air;
    Queens have died young and fair;
    Dust hath closed Helen's eye.
    I am sick, I must d...
    Thomas Nashe (1567-1601), British poet. In Time of Pestilence (l. 15-20). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermo...
  • Spring, the sweet spring, is the year's pleasant king;
    Then blooms each thing, then maids dance in a ring,
    Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing,
    "Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, ...
    Thomas Nashe (1567-1601), British poet. Spring (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Holla...
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