Birth date: 
06/16/1613
Death date: 
04/29/1658
Birth town: 
Loughborough
Country: 
England

John Cleveland was an English poet.

The son of an usher in a charity school, Cleveland was born in Loughborough, and educated at Hinckley Grammar School. Admitted to Christ's College, Cambridge, he graduated BA in 1632 and became a fellow of St John's College in 1634. At St John's Cleveland became college tutor and lecturer on rhetoric, and was much sought after. A staunch Royalist, he opposed the election of Oliver Cromwell as member for Cambridge in the Long Parliament, and lost his college post as a result in 1645. Joining Charles I, by whom he was welcomed, he was appointed to the office of Judge Advocate at Newark. In 1646, however, he lost this office, and wandered about the country dependent on the bounty of the Royalists. In 1655 he was imprisoned at Yarmouth, but released by Cromwell, to whom he appealed, and went to London, where he lived till his death. His best work is satirical, slightly reminiscent of Hudibras; his other poems are considered mediocre. The Poems were published in 1656.

John Cleveland's Works:

Poems (1656)

Poems by this Poet

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Elegy on Edward King 5 September 2014
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On an Alderman who married a very young wife 5 September 2014
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Upon an Hermophrodite 5 September 2014
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The Authour to his Hermophrodite, made after M. Randolphs death, yet inserted into his Poems 5 September 2014
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Upon a Miser that made a great Feast, and the next day dyed for griefe 5 September 2014
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A Faire Nimph scorning a Black Boy Courting her 5 September 2014
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Hue and Cry after Sir John Presbyter 5 September 2014
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The Hecatomb to his Mistresse 5 September 2014
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Upon Sir Thomas Martin 5 September 2014
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Fuscara; or The Bee Errant 5 September 2014
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