Barclay, Alexander

Barclay, Alexander

(bär`klē, –klā), 1475?–1552, Scottish clergyman and poet. Although the first to write pastoral eclogues in English, he is best known for The Ship of Fools (1509), a translation and elongation of Sebastian BrantBrant, Brandt, or Brand, Sebastian
, 1457–1521, German humanist and moralist. He taught law at the Univ. of Basel and in 1503 became town clerk of Strasbourg.
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's widely popular poem Das Narrenschiff.
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