ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Warner

(1558 ca.-1609)


William Warner was born in London where he worked as an attorney of the common pleas. Mark Eccles reports that the poet was not the William Warner who Anthony Wood describes as an Oxford man; he may have attended Cambridge. While Drayton and other contemporaries admired Albion's England, his long legendary poem, posterity has had less regard for Warner's achievements as a poet.


TEXT RECORDS:

1606A Continuance of Albions England: To the Reader.

PUBLICATIONS:

Pan his syrinx or pipe. 1584; 1597.
Albions England. 1586; 1597; 1602.
A continuance of Albions England. 1606.
Menaecmi out of Plautus. 1595.
William Warner's Syrinx, ed. Wallace A. Bacon. 1950.