John Kay (poet)

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John Kay was a fifteenth-century English poet who described himself as the versificator regis (which would develop into the position of Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom) to Edward IV of England.[1][2] If it ever existed, none of his poetic work remains.[3]


  1. ^ Chisholm, Hugh (1911). "Laureate". Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition. 16. The Encyclopædia Britannica Co. p. 282. Retrieved 2010-02-04.
  2. ^ Howland, Frances Louise Morse (1895). The laureates of England: Ben Jonson to Alfred Tennyson. Frederick A. Stokes. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  3. ^ "English Poets Laureate: First Versifier to Hold the Office was John Kay". The Pittsburgh Press. 17 February 1902. p. 7. Retrieved 4 February 2010.