Willobie His Avisa


Avisa "The Bird Not Seen"

Matthew Roydon

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Matthew Roydon
Traditionally the poet Matthew Roydon has been forwarded as being the likely author of Willobie his Avisa. I disagree , the author of Willobie his Avisa is a young person who states that he was at Oxford university at the same time as Henry Willobie. This was the case for Barnfield. Roydon did attend Oxford university but 11 years before Willobie started. The author of Willobie his Avisa is fully familiar with all the lurid quotes from antiquity and the Bible and uses them freely . This again makes me think that the author is a young person. The author of Willobie his Avisa is quite an accomplished poet who is very scornful towards women and who seems to have an affection for H.W. Barnfield fits this profile. The author of Willobie his Avisa is a controversialist and a libel writer and Barnfield is demonstrably both. I explore this issue in depth in my authorship essay. Hadrian Dorrell states that the author of Willobie his Avisa also penned the famous poem of Sussana . The Ballard of Constant Sussana was an anonmyous work that dated to at least 1562 . This was published before Matthew Roydon was born . In addition the author of Willobie His Avisa seems to have a particular dislike of Penelope Rich, this was demonstrably not the case for Roydon who in his Elergy to Astrophil stated that it was no sin for Stella ( Penelope Rich ) to have loved Astrophil ( Philip Sidney).
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