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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263242

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263242.001.0001

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Michael Drayton’s Brilliant Career

Michael Drayton’s Brilliant Career

Chatterton Lecture on Poetry

(p.118) (p.119) Michael Drayton’s Brilliant Career
Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 125, 2003 Lectures

Andrew Hadfield

British Academy

This lecture discusses the career of Michael Drayton, who is generally regarded as a major second-rate poet. A careful examination of his extensive writings has revealed a shrewd and forceful mind at work, and one that has a clear sense of what a poet should do. Drayton's writings cover many subjects and use a variety of styles and forms. The lecture tries to show that Drayton was a poet who saw the possibilities of the medium of print publication, which would enable the poet to reach a wider audience.

Keywords:   Michael Drayton, extensive writings, styles and forms, print publication, career

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