Cavalier Poetry and Drama Criticism: Major Figures - Essay

Manfred Weidhorn (essay date 1970)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Weidhorn, Manfred. “Reputation and Achievement.” In Richard Lovelace, pp. 160-71. New York: Twayne Publishers, Inc., 1970.

[In the essay that folllows, Weidhorn discusses Richard Lovelace's critical reputation and considers his body of work as a whole.]


Lovelace's reputation as a poet begins early indeed—in his twenty-first year. Though he had left Oxford two years earlier, his lines on the Princess Katherine were inserted into copies of a volume of elegies by Oxford students. Similarly, when Fletcher's Wild Goose Chase appeared in 1652, Lovelace's prefatory verses were printed in larger type than the others'...

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Warren W. Wooden (essay date November 1977)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Wooden, Warren W. “The Cavalier Art of Love: The Amatory Epistles of Sir John Suckling.” West Virginia University Philological Papers 24, no. 5-1 (November 1977): 30-36.

[In the following essay, Wooden examines John Suckling's love letters and contends that they demonstrate control, awareness, sophistication, and unconventionality.]

To our era as to his own, Sir John Suckling seems the quintessential Cavalier, “the greatest gallant of his time, and the greatest Gamester,” in John Aubrey's phrase.1 Today, however, his reputation rests almost exclusively on the body of lyrical verse—witty, masculine, playfully irreverent—which was collected...

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Lynn Sadler (essay date 1979)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Sadler, Lynn. “Carew's Life and ‘School’ of Poetry.” In Thomas Carew, pp. 11-23. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1979.

[In the essay below, Sadler offers a biography of Thomas Carew, considers his reputation, and praises him for showing variety and care in his work.]

As one can see from the Chronology, facts about the life of Thomas Carew are rare. The would-be biographer is further hampered by the confusion and ambiguities that lace such “facts” as do exist. Was he born in 1594 or 1595? Where was he born? Which of the three contemporaries, Thomas Carew/Carey, is the poet? Was his college Merton or Corpus Christi? Did he die in 1638 or 1639 at age...

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Michael H. Markel (essay date 1982)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Markel, Michael H. “Perception and Expression in Marvell's Cavalier Poetry.” In Classic and Cavalier: Essays on Jonson and the Sons of Ben, edited by Claude J. Summers and Ted-Larry Pebworth, pp. 243-253. Pittsburgh, Pa.: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1982.

[In the following essay, Markel discusses poetry by Andrew Marvell that engages the Cavalier mode while at the same time exploring its conventions and limitations.]

As Marvell's major lyrics have become better understood, commentators have turned their attention to his later, satirical poetry, in search of the balance and paradox that characterize his more famous works.1 In his curious...

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