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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 / .
Corns also creates a convincing representation of the self-conscious festivity in the work of those Cavalier poets who upheld the outlawed traditions of May-games and Christmas revelry; the naturalism and materialism of this tendency neatly counterpoints the morbid fascination with drink and escapism (following Lois Potter's seminal Secret Rites and Secret Writing, 1989) which it lies alongside.
Unlike the easy carpe diem message of earlier classicists such as the seventeenth-century cavalier poets, Housman's lyrics have a more modern sense of irony:
The Cavalier poets were courtly, not only in their military actions but also in their attitudes toward women and love.
Many of his love poems were influenced by the Cavalier poets of England and were easily adapted to popular tunes.
The Cavalier poets later in the century looked to Jonson 's poetry as their chief English model.
Some, like most playwrights and the Cavalier poets, tried to extend the great accomplishments of the Renaissance.
One of the Cavalier poets, Lovelace was known for his grace, his handsome appearance, and his aristocratic gallantry.
The English Cavalier poets Robert Herrick, Thomas Carew, and Richard Lovelace wrote much fine vers de societe along with their elegant lyrics.
The most outstanding of the Cavalier poets was Ben Jonson; his followers called themselves "Sons of Ben."
One of the Cavalier poets, Suckling was, however, influenced in some superficial effects by Donne.