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Edited by David Hopkins and Tom Mason
Categories: 17th Century
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (220 pages)
(Pub. Nov 1994)
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This only grant me, that my means may lie
Too low for envy, for contempt too high.
Some honour I would have
Not from great deeds, but good alone.
Th' unknown are better than ill known.
Rumour can ope the grave,
Acquaintance I would have, but when'it depends
Not on the number, but the choice of friends.
From `Of my Self'
Abraham Cowley (1618-67) was one of the most popular English poets of his time. `He must always,' said Dryden, `be thought a great poet.' His work was held in high esteem by Milton, Johnson (who wrote one of the greatest of his Lives about him), Pope and Wordsworth,
He has been unduly neglected in our century, and this selection, with critical introduction and annotations, is designed to re-introduce Cowley to modern readers as a writer of intrinsic rather than merely historical interest. His restoration to the available canon is timely: his poetry has lessons for the latter years of this century much as Donne's had for the poets of the early twentieth century.
Abraham Cowley: Selected Poems is the only affordable selection of his work currently in print, and usefully complements the multi-volume library edition being produced by the University of Delaware Press.
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