William Drummond of Hawthornden

(1585—1649) poet and pamphleteer

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was a correspondent of Drayton, and in 1618/19 was visited by Jonson, an event recorded in his Conversations; Jonson found Drummond's own poetry ‘smelled too much of the schools’, but some of his shorter pieces show originality and power. Drummond's poems were edited by E. Phillips in 1656. His works include pamphlets and verses in the Royalist cause, laments for the early death of his betrothed, satires and hymns, and a history of Scotland 1423–1524 (1655). His best‐known prose work was A Cypresse Grove (1623), a meditation on death.

Subjects: Literature.

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