William Browne

(c. 1591—1645) poet

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published Britannia's Pastorals (Bks I and II, 1613, 1616), a narrative poem dealing with the loves and woes of Marina, Celia, etc., in couplets interspersed with lyrics; Bk III, unfinished, remained in manuscript until 1852. Among various epitaphs he wrote the well‐known lines on the dowager countess of Pembroke, ‘Sidney's sister, Pembroke's mother’. His poetry, which displays genuine love and observation of nature, influenced Keats, and Milton's ‘L'Allegro’ and Lycidas contain echoes and imitations.

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