Cowley's Essays

Cowley's Essays

by Abraham Cowley

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Overview

Abraham Cowley was the son of Thomas Cowley, stationer, and citizen of London in the parish of St. Michael le Querne, Cheapside. Thomas Cowley signed his will on the 24th of July, 1618, and it was proved on the 11th of the next month by his widow, Thomasine. He left six children, Peter, Audrey, John, William, Katherine, and Thomas, with a child unborn for whom the will made equal provision with the rest. The seventh child, born before the end of the same year, was named Abraham, and lived to take high place among the English Poets.
The calm spirit of Cowley's "Essays" was in all his life. As he tells us in his Essay "On Myself," even when he was a very young boy at school, instead of running about on holidays and playing with his fellows, he was wont to steal from them and walk into the fields, either alone with a book or with some one companion, if he could find any of the same temper. He wrote verse when very young, and says, "I believe I can tell the particular little chance that filled my head first with such chimes of verse as have never since left ringing there; for I remember when I began to read and to take some pleasure in it, there was wont to lie in my mother's parlour (I know not by what accident, for she herself never in her life read any book but of devotion), but there was wont to lie Spenser's works." The delight in Spenser wakened all the music in him, and in 1628, in his tenth year, he wrote a "Tragical Historie of Pyramus and Thisbe."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781979020206
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/30/2017
Pages: 102
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.21(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Of liberty; 2. Of solitude; 3. Of obscurity; 4. Of agriculture; 5. The garden; 6. Of greatness; 7. Of avarice; 8. The dangers of an honest man in much company; 9. The shortness of life and uncertainty of riches; 10. The danger of procrastination; 11. Of my self; Notes; Index to the notes.

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