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Selected Poetry of Sir John Denham (1615-1669)

from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

O could I flow like thee, and make thy stream
My great example, as it is my theme!
Though deep, yet clear, though gentle, yet not dull;
Strong without rage, without o'erflowing full.
        (Cooper's Hill, 189-192)
  1. Cooper's Hill (excerpt)

Biographical information

Given name: Sir John
Family name: Denham
Birth date: 1615
Death date: March 1669
Nationality: Irish
Family relations
          father: Sir John Denham
          mother: Eleanor Denham
          wife: Ann Denham (from 25 June 1634)
          wife: Margaret Denham (from 25 May 1665)
          daughter: Elizabeth Denham
          Trinity College, Oxford: 18 November 1631
          Lincoln's Inn: 28 April 1631
Patron: Earl of Pembroke
Literary period: Seventeenth century
Occupation: Sheriff
          Dublin: 1615
          Egham, Surrey: 1634
          Oxford: 1642 to 1647
          Holland: 1650 to 1652
          Bury, Suffolk: 1657
Illness: Mental disease
Buried at: Westminster Abbey