William Warner

(c. 1558—1609) poet and lawyer

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(c. 1558–1609),

published Pan his Syrinx, seven prose tales (1584). His chief work was Albions England, a metrical British history, with mythical and fictitious episodes, extending in the first edition (1586) from Noah to the Norman Conquest. It was brought up to Elizabeth's reign in 1592; and a continuation, reaching James I, was published posthumously (1612). Meres, in his Palladis Tamía (1598), claimed to have heard Warner called ‘our English Homer’, and Drayton praised him in his elegy To Henery Reynolds.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

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