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Transcript of Abraham Cowley
Born in London to a wealthy family and went to Westminster School as a child and in 1637 went to Trinity College in Cambridge
First well-known Poetry: "The Tragical History of Piramus and Thisbe", "Constantia and Philetus", and "Elegy on the Death of Lord Dudley, Lord Carlton"; all were published by the time he was fifteen under a collection of poetry called Poetical Blossoms. Chronological-Life Facts Relationship to the Personal Essay Most well-known personal essays:
"The Danger of Procrastination"
"The Dangers of an Honest Man in Much Company"
...More on His Works During the English Civil War around 1643, he joined the Royal Family and acted as the Queen's secretary for 12 years in exile; he had refused to sign the Solemn League and Covenant for the war on the opposing side.
He went to Oxford to study medicine and became an MD in 1657.
In his later life of retirement in 1660, he lived on property in Chertsey, granted by Queen Henrietta Maria, and wrote essays and poems for the rest of his life. Writer Samuel Johnson praised Cowley for his essays: "His thoughts are natural, and his style has a smooth and placid equability which has never yet obtained its due commendation. Nothing is far-sought , or hard-labored; but all is easy without feebleness, and familiar without grossness."
Referred to as the last of the metaphysical poets and was praised for his naturalness, simplicity, and grace, using paradoxical metaphors and aesthetic theories.
Used themes of solitude, freedom, and the joys of rural life throughout his writings.