ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Aston Cokayne

(1608-1684)


Sir Aston Cokayne, a cousin of the poet Charles Cotton, was born into a Derbyshire family; he was educated at Chenies School, Buckinghamshire, Trinity College Cambridge and the Inns of Court. Afterwards he travelled on the continent with Sir Kenelm Digby, inherited his estates, and received a baronet's patent in 1642. A Catholic and a Royalist, Cokayne was granted an M.A. by Oxford in 1643; after the Restoration he published plays and lived beyond his means.


TEXT RECORDS:

1630 ca.The First Eclogue.
1630 ca.The Second Eclogue.
1632To my worthy Friend Mr. Philip Massinger, upon his Tragae-comedy, call'd the Emperour of the East.
1633 ca.On the Death of my very good Friend Mr. Michael Drayton.
1658A Remedy for Love.
1658Epigrams: No. 37. Of Edmond Spencer.
1658Love Elegies 12. Deare Lady from your Eies there Came.
1658To Mr. Humphrey C. on his Poem entitled Loves Hawking Bag.

PUBLICATIONS:

Dianea: an excellent new romance [Loredano, trans.] 1654.
The obstinate lady; a new comedy. 1657.
Small poems of divers sorts. 1658.
A chain of golden poems. 1658.
Poems ... with the Tragedy of Ovid. 1662.
Choice poems of several sorts. 1669.
The tragedy of Ovid. 1669.
A duke and no duke. A farce. 1685.
Dramatic works, ed. James Maidment. 1874.