Hawes, Stephen

Hawes, Stephen
   Not much is not known about this Tudor poet, who is thought to come from Suffolk (the dates are uncertain; those quoted are from the Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry.) Educated at Oxford University, he was groom of the chamber to Henry VII. Around 1506 he wrote and dedicated to the king The Passetyme of Pleasure, or the History of Graunde Amoure and la Bel Pucel, conteining the Knowledge of the Seven Sciences and the Course of Man's Life in this World. It is an allegory, rhyming a b a b b c c, of about 6000 lines, divided into forty-five chapters. Hawes marks the end of the Middle English (Chaucerian) and the Early Modern English or Renaissance periods. Another poem (1505-1506), Here begynneth the boke called the example of vertu-a simpler and shorter poem-is an allegory of life spent in the pursuit of purity. His other known publications: A Joyfull medytacyon to all Englonde of the Coronacyon of Our Moost Naturall Souerayne Lorde Kynge Henry the Eyght, 1509. The Couercyon of Swerers, 1509. The Comforte of Louers Made and Compyled by Steuen Hawes, 1512.
   Sources: Dictionary of National Biography. Electronic Edition 1.1. Oxford University Press, 1997. Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite DVD, 2006. English Poetry: Author Search. Chadwyck-Healey Ltd., 1995 (http://www.lib.utexas.edu:8080/search/epoetry/author.html). Poets of the English Language. Vol. I. W.H. Auden, and Norman Holmes Pearson, ed. Viking Press, 1950. The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. 11th ed. The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, Columbia University Press, 2005 (http://www.columbiagrangers.org). The Oxford Companion to English Literature. 6th edition. Margaret Drabble, ed. Oxford University Press, 2000. Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia).

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