Birth date: 
1594
Death date: 
1640
Birth town: 
London
Country: 
England

Thomas Carew was the son of a well-connected official and was educated at Merton College, Oxford and the Middle Temple in London. He worked as a diplomatic secretary in Italy, Holland and France, and soon gained a reputation as a poet.

His talent secured him a place at court, and he was privileged to serve at Charles I's table. In 1634 his masque Coelum Britannicum was performed before the King. His poems, like those of other gentlemen of the era, were not published in his own lifetime but hand-written copies were circulated among his friends. These included Ben Jonson and John Donne, who both exercised a strong influence on Carew's poetry; in his Elegy Carew proclaims Donne 'the universal monarchy of wit'. Another poet he admired greatly was the Italian Giambattista Marino, whose wit and extravagant lifestyle resembled Carew's own.

Though he never achieved the stature of Donne or Johnson, Carew was an elegant writer whose contribution to literature was typical of the stylish Cavalier school. A collected edition of his poems appeared shortly after his death.

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A Looking-Glass 5 September 2014
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A Lover, in the Disguise of an Amazon, Is Dearly Beloved of His Mistress 5 September 2014
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A Lover, upon an Accident Necessitating His Departure, Consults with Reason 5 September 2014
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A Married Woman 19 May 2014
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A New Year's Gift. To the King 5 September 2014
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A New Year's Sacrifice: To Lucinda 19 May 2014
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A New Years Gift. To the Queen 5 September 2014
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A Pastoral Dialogue 5 September 2014
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A Rapture 29 November 2013
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A Song 30 July 2013
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