His other famous works include: Colin
Clout (1521) which annoyed Cardinal Wolsey, Phyllyp Sparrow - the lament of a Norwich
schoolgirl for her pet bird killed by a cat and Ballade of the
Scottysshe Kynge a celebration of the victory at Flodden.
Due to the emergence of the printing press (invented by William Caxton)
Skelton was able to get his work to a much wider audience than had previously
been possible. He also helped to transform medieval English into modern English.
The expressions: 'By hook or by crook' and 'I smell a rat'
come from Skelton.
The term Skeltonic Verse -
is now used to describe poetry (like his) that employs short lines
with rapid, tumbling rhymes. Some people have compared Skelton's
poetry to modern rap.
His work was a big influence upon
Edmund Spenser and
Samuel Butler. The modern poet Robert Graves was also