Cowley, Abraham

(1618-1667)
   The son of a London stationer, he was educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he and Richard Crashaw became friends. After Crashaw's death Cowley wrote an elegy addressing him as "poet and saint." A supporter of the Royalists in the English Civil War, he moved to Oxford, where he wrote the satire The Puritan and the Papist (1643). In 1644 he went into exile in Paris as secretary to Lord Jermyn, Queen Henrietta Maria's chamberlain. When he returned to England, he was imprisoned briefly as a Royalist spy. His greatest contribution to posterity was adapting the difficult style of the Greek lyric poet Pindar to the English ode. He is buried near Chaucer and Spenser in Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey. Charles II declared that he had not left a better man behind him in England. His main publications: Pyramus and Thisbe, 1628. Constantius and Philetus, 1630. Poetical Blossoms, 1633. The Mistress, 1647. Ode Upon the Blessed Restoration, 1660. Verses upon several occasions, 1663. Some of his poems: "Beauty," "David and Jonathan," "Music and Poetry," "The Country-Mouse," "The Duel," "The Grasshopper."
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