Sir William Davenant
Sir William Davenant (or D'Avenant), dramatist and theater manager, poet and courtier, is a link between the older Elizabethan and Jacobean drama and the new Restoration drama. From his innovations improving the platform stage our modern playhouse is derived; he refined the genre of the heroic drama with the accompanying themes of love and honor; by tradition he first brought women onto the English stage; and his dramas influenced those of the next several generations, particularly John Dryden's. If he is remembered only for his "adaptations" of Shakespeare we do him disservice.
Davenant was born in Oxford in late February 1606, the son of John Davenant, vinter and proprietor of ... more »
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- Weep No More For What Is Past
- Ladies In Arms
- Praise and Prayer
- To a Mistress Dying
- The Coquet
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''Before we shall again beholdSir William Davenant (1606-1668), British poet. Endimion Porter and Olivia (l. 1-4). OBS. Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse, The. H. J. C. ...
In his diurnal race the world's great eye,
We may as silent be and cold
As are the shades where buried lovers lie.''
''Go! climb that rock, and when thou there hast foundSir William Davenant (1606-1668), British poet. For the Lady Olivia Porter; a Present upon a New Year's Day (l. 5-6). OBS. Oxford Book of Seventee...
A star, contracted in a diamond,''
Go! dive into the Southern Sea, and whenSir William Davenant (1606-1668), British poet. For the Lady Olivia Porter; a Present upon a New Year's Day (l. 9-14). OBS. Oxford Book of Sevente...
Th'ast found, to trouble the nice sight of men,
A swelling pearl, and such whose single worth
Boasts all the wonders which the seas bring ...
''Your Beauty, ripe, and calm, and fresh,Sir William Davenant (1606-1668), British poet. Lover and Philosopher (l. 1-4). OBEV. Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Qui...
As Eastern Summers are,
Must now, forsaking Time and Flesh,
Add light to some small Star.''
''O harmless Death! whom still the valiant brave,Sir William Davenant (1606-1668), British poet. The Christian's Reply to the Philosopher (l. 9-12). OBS. Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse,...
The wise expect, the sorrowful invite,
And all the good embrace, who know the grave
A short dark passage to eternal light.''
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