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Thomas Carew

(1594 - 1640 / London / England)

Thomas Carew
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Thomas Carew was the son of a well-connected official and was educated at Merton College, Oxford and the Middle Temple in London. He worked as a diplomatic secretary in Italy, Holland and France, and soon gained a reputation as a poet.

His talent secured him a place at court, and he was privileged to serve at Charles I's table. In 1634 his masque Coelum Britannicum was performed before the King. His poems, like those of other gentlemen of the era, were not published in his own lifetime but hand-written copies were circulated among his friends. These included Ben Jonson and John Donne, who both exercised a strong influence on Carew's poetry; in his Elegy Carew proclaims Donne 'the ... more »

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  • Since to the awe of thy imperious wit
    Our troublesome language bends, made only fit
    With her tough thick-ribbed hoops to gird about
    Thy giant fancy, which had proved too stout Thomas Carew (1589-1639), British poet. An Elegy upon the Death of the Dean of St. Paul's, Dr. John Donne (l. 48-52). . . Norton Anthology of Poet...
  • ''Here lies a King that ruled as he thought fit
    The universal monarchy of wit;
    Here lies two flamens, and both those the best,
    Apollo's first, at last the true God's priest.''
    Thomas Carew (1589-1639), British poet. An Elegy upon the Death of the Dean of St. Paul's, Dr. John Donne (l. 93-96). . . Norton Anthology of Poet...
  • There shall the Queens of Love and Innocence,
    Beauty, and Nature banish all offense
    From our close ivy twines, there I'll behold
    Thy bared snow and thy unbraided gold.
    Ther...
    Thomas Carew (1589-1639), British poet. A Rapture (l. 25-30). . . Poems of Thomas Carew. Arthur Vincent, ed. (1899; repr. 1972) Books for Librarie...
  • ''All things are lawful there that may delight
    Nature or unrestrained appetite.
    Like and enjoy, to will and act is one;
    We only sin when love's rites are not done.''
    Thomas Carew (1589-1639), British poet. A Rapture (l. 111-114). . . Poems of Thomas Carew. Arthur Vincent, ed. (1899; repr. 1972) Books for Librar...
  • Ask me no more where Jove bestows,
    When June is past, the fading rose;
    For in your beauty's orient deep
    These flowers, as in their causes, sleep.

    Ask me no more whi...
    Thomas Carew (1589-1639), British poet. Ask Me No More Where Jove Bestows (l. 1-8). . . Poems of Thomas Carew. Arthur Vincent, ed. (1899; repr. 19...
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