This fully-annotated anthology of sixteenth-century English verse features generous selections from the canonical poets, alongside judicious selections from lesser-known authors. * Includes complete works or substantial extracts of longer poems wherever possible, including Book III of the 'Faerie Queene' and the whole of 'Astrophil and Stella'. * Covers a range of genres, including the love lyric, mythological narrative, sacred poetry and political poetry. * Encourages readers to discover unusual and interesting connections and contrasts between poems and poets. * Detailed annotations facilitate close reading of the poems.