|Birth: ||c. 1330|
|Death: ||Oct., 1408|
Poet. Served as Poet Laureate to Kings Richard II and Henry IV. Called the 'first English poet' (because at that time most wrote in French or Latin). His works were known to Shakespeare and he appears in one of his plays. In his monument his head rests on his three famous books, Vox Clamantis (Latin), Speculum meditantis (French) and Confessio Amantis (English).
Armigeri scutum nihil a modo fert tibi tutum,
Reddidit immolutum, morti generali tributum,
Spiritus exutum se gaudeat esse solutum,
Est ubi virtutum, Regnum sine labe statutum.
Hic jacet Johannes Gower, Armiger, Anglorum Poeta celberrimus, ac huic sacro Edificio Benefactor insignis temporibus Edw. III. et Rich. II
London Borough of Southwark
Greater London, England
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Record added: Jun 08, 1999
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