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Cavalier poets


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Thomas Carew (1594—1640) poet

Robert Herrick (1591—1674) poet

John Donne (1572—1631) poet and Church of England clergyman

Ben Jonson (1572—1637) poet and playwright

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A collective term applied by some literary historians to a group of English lyric poets of the Caroline period, and derived from the popular designation for supporters of King Charles in the Civil War. The principal figures in the group are Thomas Carew, Richard Lovelace, Robert Herrick, and Sir John Suckling. They are noted for their elegantly witty short lyric poems, usually love poems. They were influenced by Ben Jonson, and like him tended to avoid employing the sonnet form.

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