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1521 - Skelton, John - Speke, Parrot

Allusion
Date c. 1521
Author Skelton, John
Title Speke, Parrot
Mentions Robin lost his bow
John Skelton.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-07-29. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-28.

Allusion

Wherfor he may now come agayne as he wente,
Non sine postica sanna, as I trowe,
From Calyse to Dovyr, to Canterbury in Kente, [p. 17:]
To make reconyng in the resseyte how Robyn loste his bowe,
To sowe corne in the see sande, ther wyll no crope growe.[1]

IRHB comments

John Skelton's poem Speke, Parrot was written c. 1521. This probable Robin Hood allusion seems to have been hitherto overlooked. Philip Henderson in his edition of Skelton's works glosses the Latin "Not without a grimace behind his back".[2] The passage is one of Skelton's many satirical attacks on Cardinal Wolsey.


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