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Re: [pepysdiary] Cowley, Abraham (1618-1667) -- ONDB -- Life of the Day

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  • Terry Foreman
    Michael, Thanks for this. Interesting polymathic overachiever, Cowley, and user of most of the (literary and political) masking devices of his time. I wonder
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      Michael,

      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.

      Terry
      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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      >To read this Life of the Day complete with a picture of the subject,
      >visit http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/lotw/2007-07-28
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