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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Upon Sir Thomas Martin 5 September 2014
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Upon Phillis Walking In A Morning Before Sun-rising 31 July 2013
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Upon Lee & Owens Fencing, a Dr Roan & a Jeffray 29 November 2013
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Upon an Hermophrodite 5 September 2014
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Upon an Hermaphrodite 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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To the State of Love or The Senses' Festival 19 May 2014
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To P. Rupert 19 May 2014
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To Mrs K. T. 5 September 2014
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To Julia to Expedite Her Promise 19 May 2014
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