Cavalier poets

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Cavalier poets,

a group of English poets associated with Charles I and his exiled son. Most of their work was done between c.1637 and 1660. Their poetry embodied the life and culture of upper-class, pre-Commonwealth England, mixing sophistication with naïveté, elegance with raciness. Writing on the courtly themes of beauty, love, and loyalty, they produced finely finished verses, expressed with wit and directness. The poetry reveals their indebtedness to both Ben Jonson and John Donne. The leading Cavalier poets were Robert Herrick, Richard Lovelace, Sir John Suckling, and Thomas Carew.
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There was, prima facie, some logic in this: all the really significant Jacobean poets were dead, the coterie of the 1630s were busily being not just cavalier poets in a losing cause, and in some cases literal Cavaliers; and Milton, busily employed in prose polemic, was well away from his greatest triumphs.
Rather, avoiding heavy irony, the easily moving voice traverses the familiar ground of "star-crossed lovers," "such sweet sorrow," and "remembrances of things past" with less immediate echoes of the Cavalier poets - "More than love itself / the thought of love is better," "From your forests grow flutes / oracular drums and nymphs," "When morning cannot open its laden eyes / .