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(1568 - 1639 / England)

Sir Henry Wotton
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Wotton was born in Kent, England and was educated at Winchester and New and Queens Colleges, Oxford. Whilst studying at Oxford he met John Donne, the first and greatest of the metaphysical poets, who later became a close friend. In 1595, Wotton became secretary to the Earl of Essex, collecting foreign intelligence. He became the ambassador to the court of Venice, and in later years, provost of Eton College. Whilst on a visit to Augsburg in 1604 he wrote a definition of an Ambassador which is now one of his most famous phrases; "An Ambassador is an honest man, sent to lie abroad for the good of his country." Although his works are small in number they are known for having great poise and ... more »

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  • ''You common people of the skies,
    What are you when the moon doth rise?''
    Sir Henry Wotton (1568-1639), British poet. On His Mistress, the Queen of Bohemia (l. 4-5). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. ...
  • ''So, when my mistress shall be seen
    In form and beauty of her mind,
    By virtue first, then choice, a queen,''
    Sir Henry Wotton (1568-1639), British poet. On His Mistress, the Queen of Bohemia (l. 16-18). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950...
  • ''As if the spring were all your own,
    What are you when the rose is blown?''
    Sir Henry Wotton (1568-1639), British poet. On His Mistress, the Queen of Bohemia (l. 14-15). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950...
  • ''By weaker accents, what's your praise
    When Philomel her voice doth raise?''
    Sir Henry Wotton (1568-1639), British poet. On His Mistress, the Queen of Bohemia (l. 9-10). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950....
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  • Ammara Irshad (11/23/2007 2:51:00 AM)

    'Commnets on The character of Happy Life by sir Henry Wotton'

    Sir Henry Wotton has dealt with a fabulous topic.His deep and refined thoughts has produced a great deal of successful life in rhythmic mode, using rhyming scheme abab.The topic he has selected pulls the attention of readers automatically.very simple scheme is presenting a sublime theme.

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