Edmund Waller

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1606 – 1687

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Who was Edmund Waller?

Edmund Waller, FRS was an English poet and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1624 and 1679.

As a member of Parliament during the political turmoil of the 1640s, he was arrested for his part in a plot to establish London as a stronghold of the king; by betraying his colleagues and by lavish bribes, he avoided death. He later wrote poetic tributes to both Oliver Cromwell and Charles II. Rejecting the dense intellectual verse of Metaphysical poetry, he adopted generalizing statement, easy associative development, and urbane social comment. With his emphasis on definitive phrasing through inversion and balance, he prepared the way for the emergence of the heroic couplet. By the end of the 17th century the heroic couplet was the dominant form of English poetry. Waller's lyrics include the well-known "Go, lovely Rose!".

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Born
Mar 3, 1606
Coleshill
Also known as
  • Waller, Edmund
Nationality
  • England
Profession
Education
  • Eton College
  • Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe
  • King's College, Cambridge
  • University of Cambridge
Died
Oct 21, 1687

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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