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Michael Drayton (1563–1631)

Drayton, Michael. An English poet; born near Atherstone in Warwickshire in 1563; died in 1631. His first poem, ‘Harmonic of the Church,’ was condemned. Then followed ‘The Shepherd’s Garland’ (1593), and poems on the wars of England, chief of which is ‘Mortimeriados’ (1596), republished as the ‘Barons’ Wars’ (1603). His most celebrated composition is ‘Poly-Olbion.’ He wrote also several dramas, among them ‘Sir John Oldcastle’; and ‘Poems Lyrick and Pastorall’ (1605), including the celebrated ‘Ballad of Agincourt.’ (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).