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Willobie his Avisa


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(1594),

one of the books which, with G. Harvey's and T. Nashe's satirical works, was called in by the High Commission in 1599. The poem consists of 74 songs and a few poems by Henry Willoby (?1574–?96). They narrate the unsuccessful courting of Avisa, a country inn‐keeper's wife, by a nobleman before her marriage, and by four foreign suitors after it. The last of these has a ‘familiar friend W.S.’ as a companion; he has been identified with Shakespeare, who is also mentioned as author of The Rape of Lucrece in prefatory verses.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.


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