Skelton is probably the greatest unknown poet of English literature. The outspoken tutor of the future Henry VIII, Skelton was an idiosyncratic genius whose poetry defies rules and boundaries.Founded in 1906 by J.M. Dent, the Everyman Library has always tried to make the best books ever written available to the greatest number of people at the lowest possible price. UniqueSkelton is probably the greatest unknown poet of English literature. The outspoken tutor of the future Henry VIII, Skelton was an idiosyncratic genius whose poetry defies rules and boundaries.Founded in 1906 by J.M. Dent, the Everyman Library has always tried to make the best books ever written available to the greatest number of people at the lowest possible price. Unique editorial features that help Everyman Paperback Classics stand out from the crowd include: a leading scholar or literary critic's introduction to the text, a biography of the author, a chronology of her or his life and times, a historical selection of criticism, and a concise plot summary. Each Everyman title offers these extensive materials at a price that competes with the most inexpensive editions on the market-but Everyman Paperbacks have durable binding, quality paper, and the highest editorial and scholarly standards....
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John Skelton Reviews
John Skelton: Poems Selected by Anthony Thwaite is a volume from a collection of books from Faber and Faber called The Poet-to-Poet Series. The collection features poems of notable poets selected by contemporary poets. Though a Tudor poet from the early Sixteenth Century, John Skelton in many ways can be considered a precursor of modern poetry. Politically and religiously conservative, poetically Skelton was an iconoclast breaking away from the stiff formalism of his day to write in a style that is today known as Skeltonic verse. This style is characterized by dipodic meter, short and irregular, with two or three stresses variously rising and falling in rhythm and with variously stressed and unstressed syllables. The rhyming is a playful delight. Using what is known as tumbling verse, if Skelton could make an additional line to follow the previous ones, he would extend the rhymes to three, four, five or more. The fun is enhanced by liberal use of alliteration and parallelism, Again eschewing formulaic expectations, Skelton wrote in the vernacular with his characters, settings and language being very much focused on the common and ordinary. In short, he seemed to find delight in not simply breaking the rules, but establishing his own set of rules. Unconventional and provocative, most of his works were of satire and protest particularly against the political pomposity of his time. Reading Skelton can be a challenge, however, with torturous syntax, antique spelling, archaic usages and a generous dose of quotations from foreign languages. I doubt my comments will cause anyone to rush out and get a copy of Skelton’s poems, but if any interest at all is stimulated, I suggest you try “The Tunning of Elinour Rumming,” a hilarious depiction of a ribald, drunken spree.
So incredibly boring.