Other literary forms
From time to time, Abraham Cowley (KOW-lee) interrupted his poetic activity with bits of drama and prose. The former were light, immature attempts: a pastoral drama, Loves Riddle (pb. 1638); a Latin comedy entitled Naufragium Joculare (pr., pb. 1638); another comedy, The Guardian (pr. 1641), hastily put together when Prince Charles passed through Cambridge, but rewritten as Cutter of Coleman-Street (pb. 1663). His serious prose is direct and concise, although the pieces tend to repeat the traditional Renaissance theme of solitude. His most notable prose work was a pamphlet, A Proposition for the Advancement of Experimental Philosophy (1661), which may have hastened the founding of the Royal Society.