Michael Drayton: Ideas Mirrour and Idea (2207 words)

Miles Layram (University of York)
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Michael Drayton (1563-1631) was one of the best of the English Renaissance poets. The first version of his sonnet sequence, comprising fifty-one lyrics, was published in 1594, at the height of the sonnet vogue, and was entitled Ideas Mirrour, “Idea” being the name of the fictional lady (possibly based on Anne Goodere) with whom the speaker-persona is in love. Revised editions, under the title Idea, then appeared in 1599, 1600, 1605, and finally, twenty-five years after its inception, in 1619. Each of these texts involved not only the rewriting (and re-ordering) of poems which had been included in previous editions, but also the addition of entirely new ones and the removal of some of the preceding ones. The most …

Citation: Layram, Miles . "Ideas Mirrour and Idea". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 October 2015 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=35674, accessed 19 June 2021.]

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