John Cleveland

(16 June 1613 – 29 April 1658 / Loughborough, England)

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John Cleveland was an English poet.

The son of an usher in a charity school, Cleveland was born in Loughborough, and educated at Hinckley Grammar School. Admitted to Christ's College, Cambridge, he graduated BA in 1632 and became a fellow of St John's College in 1634. At St John's Cleveland became college tutor and lecturer on rhetoric, and was much sought after. A staunch Royalist, he opposed the election of Oliver Cromwell as member for Cambridge in the Long Parliament, and lost his college post as a result in 1645. Joining Charles I, by whom he was welcomed, he was appointed to the office of Judge Advocate at Newark. In 1646, however, he lost this office, and wandered about the... more »

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  • ''The People's violent Love and Hate;
    One in extreames lov'd and abhor'd.
    Riddles lie here; or in a word,
    Here lies Blood; and let it lie
    Speechlesse still, and never crie.''
    John Cleveland (1613-1658), British poet. Epitaph on the Earl of Strafford (l. 10-14). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen...
  • I am no Poet here; my pen 's the spout,
    Where the rain water of my eyes run out,
    In pity of that name, whose fate wee see
    Thus copied out in griefs Hydrography:
    The Muses a...
    John Cleveland (1613-1658), British poet. On the Memory of Mr. Edward King, Drowned in the Irish Seas (l. 5-10). . . Oxford Anthology of English L...
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