Other literary forms
Apart from his original poetry, Charles Cotton also published translations and burlesques (now of minor interest), books on planting and gaming, and a treatise on fly-fishing that became The Compleat Angler, Part II (1676), the second part of Izaak Walton’s The Compleat Angler: Or, The Contemplative Man’s Recreation (1653) in its fifth edition. He is not known to have written fiction, essays, or pamphlets. As with most seventeenth century figures, he left no diary and not much correspondence. Consequently, information on Cotton’s day-to-day life is sparse, and many of his poems (which circulated in manuscript) cannot be precisely dated.