William Covell

(c. 1571—1613) writer and Church of England clergyman

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(d. 1614), divine. Covell jotted around 1595 when he was a fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge, ‘Lucrecia Sweet Shakspeare’ and ‘Wanton Adonis. Watsons Heire’. He implies that Shakespeare is the poetic heir of Thomas Watson (d. 1592), whose love lyrics, as in the eighteen-line ‘sonnets’ of The Hecatompathia (1582), had been thought ‘sweet’ or mellifluous and supple.

From The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

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