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Hawes, Stephen.

Hawes, Stephen (fl. 1502-21)

Poet and courtier who served King Henry VII of England and was a follower of the devotional poet John Lydgate.

Little is known of Hawes's life. His main work is a long allegorical poem, The Passetyme of Pleasure (1509), the chief theme of which is the education and pilgrimage through life of the knight Graunde Amoure. Another allegory by Hawes, The Example of Vertu, is simpler and shorter. Though he shows at times a finer quality of mind than Lydgate, Hawes is not Lydgate's equal in technical accomplishment.

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Publication:Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature
Article Type:Brief biography
Date:Jan 1, 1995
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