ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Raleigh

(1554-1618)


Sir Walter Raleigh, Spenser's "Shepherd of the Ocean," entered Oriel College Oxford as a commoner in or about 1568; in 1569 he fought for the Huguenots in France, then in the Netherlands for the Prince of Orange; in 1579 he made his first journey to North America. In 1580 he was captain of a company of troops in Ireland, and was shortly afterwards knighted and granted estates there. In 1587 Raleigh attempted to start a colony in Virginia, and in 1588 he furnished a ship and men to fight the Spanish Armada. Raleigh was accused of conspiring with Essex and spent thirteen years in prison; he was eventually released only to be beheaded in 1618 for his part in an attack on Spain.

TEXT RECORDS:

1590A Vision upon this Conceipt of the Faery Queene.
1590[Untitled, "The Praise of meaner Wits this Work like Profit brings."]
1595An Epitaph upon the Right Honourable Sir Philip Sidney Knight, Lord Governor of Flushing.

PUBLICATIONS:

A report of the fight about the iles of the Azores. 1591.
The discoverie of the large, rich, and bewtiful empyre of Guiana. 1596.
The history of the world. 1614.
Remains. 1657.
Miscellaneous works, ed. Birch. 2 vols, 1748.
Poems, ed. Samuel Egerton Brydges. 1813.
Poems, ed. A. M. C. Latham. 1929, 1951.