Thanks for this. Interesting polymathic overachiever, Cowley, and user of
most of the (literary and political) masking devices of his time. I wonder
if he would have proven of even more lasting interest had he not been so
invested in proving his stuff to his own age.
aka Terry F
At 04:38 PM 7/28/2007 +0000, you wrote:
>Cowley, Abraham (1618-1667), poet, was born in London, the seventh
>and posthumous son of Thomas Cowley (d. 1618), a stationer, and his
>wife, Thomasine. His mother obtained his admission as a king's scholar
>to Westminster School, which then enjoyed a considerable reputation.
>By his own account, Cowley had been first captivated by poetry as a
>child when he happened upon a copy of Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene
>in his mother's parlour. His own career as a published poet began
>extremely early: Poetical blossoms, a collection of five poems,
>appeared in 1633; a second edition, adding 'Sylva, or Dyvers Copies of
>Verses', in 1636; and a third edition in 1637. According to the
>preface, the narrative poems 'Pyramus and Thisbe' and 'Constantius and
>Philetus' had been composed at the ages of ten and twelve respectively.
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