Ideain his series of sonnets (1593–1619). His work reflects the many poetic fashions of the day. He wrote poems on English history and topography ( England's Heroical Epistles, 1597–99; the 15,000-line panoramic Poly-Olbion, 1612–22; Mortimeriados, 1596, recast in The Barons' Wars, 1597); satires ( The Owl, 1604, and
The Moon Calf,1627); a Spenserian, though mock-heroic, fairyland poem ( Nymphidia, 1627); and the idyllic Muses' Elysium (1630). He also wrote scriptural paraphrases, pastorals, popular ballads, myths, and collaborated on plays.
See his complete works (ed. by J. W. Hebel et al., 5 vol., 1931–41); studies by R. Hardin (1973), L. Westling (1974), S. Naqi Husain Jafri (1981), and J. R. Brink (1990).
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