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Barnabe Barnes
(1569 - 1609) U.K.

Barnabe Barnes



Barnabe Barnes attempted, in 1598, to kill the recorder of Berwick with poisoned claret, but he successfully evaded sentence. He published a sonnet sequence, Parthenophil and Parthenophe. Sonnets, madrigals, elegies, and odes (1593), notable as one of the first of such collections to appear after Sidney's Astropher and Stella. Sonnet #54 clearly states his bisexuality.

He also wrote A divine centurie of spirituall sonnets (1595), Foure bookes of offices (1606), and The divils charter: a tragaedie conteining the Lie and Death of Pope Alexander the Sixt (1607), a vigorous Machiavellian drama which includes such melodramatic scenes as the murder of Lucrezia Borgia with poisoned face wash. Barnes' poetry is remarkable for its vigour and technical range.


If you want to read some of Barnabe Barnes' work, please go at his page in our book Famous Homoerotic Poems.

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