1] A sonnet-sequence, first printed in 1594 as Ideas Mirrour, enlarged and revised in 1599, again in 1602 and 1605 and brought up to sixty-four sonnets in the final authorized edition of 1619. The text in Representative Poetry is based on the edition of 1619, the dates supplied at the bottom of the poems indicating their first appearance in print. Anne, the younger daughter of Drayton's early patron, Sir Henry Goodere of Polesworth Hall, Warwickshire, is probably the "Idea" of the sonnets--see Sonnet LIII. The title, borrowed from a French sonnet-sequence, symbolizes Plato's divine idea of beauty. See Spenser's Hymne in Honour of Beauty, 29-49. This introduction hardly fits the tone of the sequence.
6] Probably suggested by Marston's satire, Scourge of Vilainie, 8, which attacks erotic poetry and "Ah me's."
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Original text: Michael Drayton, Poems (W. Stansby for J. Swethwicke, 1619). STC 7222. Facs. edn.: Scolar Press, 1969. PR 2255 A1 1619A.
First publication date: 1599
RPO poem editor: F. D. Hoeniger
RP edition: 3RP 1.129.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/26
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