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John Hoskyns

(1566—1638) poet and judge


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(1566–1638) Born in Herefordshire and educated at Winchester College, New College, Oxford, and the Middle Temple, a lawyer and poet who enjoyed a high reputation for wit and learning. He is best known for his Directions for Speech and Style, drawn on by Ben Jonson in his Timber, or Discoveries, but not published in full until 1935 (ed. H. H. Hudson). The Directions were written around 1599; most of Hoskyns's examples are drawn from Philip Sidney's Arcadia, but he also makes interesting use of other contemporary authors.

From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.


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