Michael Drayton’s Brilliant Career

Andrew Hadfield

in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 125, 2003 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263242
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734014 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Michael Drayton’s Brilliant Career

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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

Chapter.  12655 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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