Who is John Lydgate

John Lydgate of Bury (c. 1370 – c. 1451) was an English monk and poet, born in Lidgate, near Haverhill, Suffolk, England.

Lydgate's poetic output is prodigious, amounting, at a conservative count, to about 145,000 lines. He explored and established every major Chaucerian genre, except such as were manifestly unsuited to his profession, like the fabliau. In the Troy Book (30,117 lines), an amplified translation of the Trojan history of the thirteenth-century Latin writer Guido delle Colonne, commissioned by Prince Henry (later Henry V), he moved deliberately beyond Chaucer's Knight's Tale and his Troilus, to provide a full-scale epic.

The Siege of Thebes (4716 lines) is a shorter excursion in the same field of chivalric epic. Chaucer's The Monk's Tale, a brief catalog of...
Read Full Biography of John Lydgate


John Lydgate Poems

  • Vox Ultima Crucis
    Tarye no lenger; toward thyn heritage
    Hast on thy weye, and be of ryght good chere.
    Go eche day onward on thy pylgrymage;
    Thynke howe short tyme thou hast abyden here....
Read All Poems


Top 10 most used topics by John Lydgate

Brother 1 Good 1 Place 1 Short 1


John Lydgate Quotes

Read All Quotes


Comments about John Lydgate

Sadan4088: john lydgate: a versatile and influential english poet of the 15th centu...
Deadbydaleligh1: qotd: "you can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time." john lydgate
Brill_lit_cult: review of 'john lydgate, the dance of death, and its model, the french danse macabre' -
Cjolanasty33: “you can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”. - john lydgate
Nylpdj: djs & producers remember: “you can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time” - john lydgate
Read All Comments


Write your comment about John Lydgate


Poem of the day

Percy Bysshe Shelley Poem
The Sensitive Plant
 by Percy Bysshe Shelley

PART 1.
A Sensitive Plant in a garden grew,
And the young winds fed it with silver dew,
And it opened its fan-like leaves to the light.
And closed them beneath the kisses of Night.

And the Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
...

Read complete poem

Popular Poets