The Works of John Skelton
John Skelton (1460?-1529)
is a poet whose works have hovered on the edge of the canon, never being forgotten
or lacking advocates, but never making it into the schools. Robert Graves
thought him better than
In his early days, he was
very highly regarded as a scholar and received the laurel crown from both
Though he could be lyrical, as in Philip Sparrow and The Garland of Laurel, there can be no doubt that his principal talent was for satire and vituperation. His victims ranged from safe targets like the Scots and the women customers of a pub in Leatherhead, Surrey, to the highest in the land, especially Cardinal Wolsey.
The Skelton Project – An edition of the poems in original spelling, with notes and Latin translations. We would like to acknowledge their generosity in allowing us to use their translations. These are identified by (SP) in the notes.
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