Thomas Carew

Thomas Carew (1595 – 1640) was a poet in the court of Charles I. His early work is indebted to Donne and Jonson but he also foreshadows the lighter, more elegant style of the ‘Cavalier’ poetry that came afterwards. His reputation really took off in the 1620s with the publication of his scandalous erotic poem ‘A Rapture’ which was even condemned in the House of Commons.

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