John ClevelandJohn Cleveland

also spelled as Cleaveland the poet


 Poems by John Cleaveland (Cleveland) 

John Cleveland’s Biography

John Cleveland’s Works 


Before we begin…

John Cleveland is a good guy. He is a supporter of the Royalist cause which I also happen to support almost anywhere. He is also a wonderful poet and a satirist.

A short biography:

John Cleveland (16 June 1613 – 29 April 1658) was an English poet who supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War. He was best known for political satire.

Early life
The son of the Rev. Thomas Cleveland, vicar of Hinckley (1620–52), 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, [1] [2] where he became a college tutor and lecturer on rhetoric.

A staunch Royalist, Cleveland opposed the election of Oliver Cromwell as member for Cambridge in the Long Parliament, and lost his college post as a result in 1645. He then joined Charles I, by whom he was welcomed, and 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 other Royalists. In 1655 he was imprisoned at Great Yarmouth, but released by Cromwell, to whom he appealed, and went to London, where he lived till his death.

For his letter to Cromwell, see May it please yr Highnesse (1657) or Cleaveland’s petition to His Highnesse the Lord Protector [sic]

Poems and other works
Cleveland’s poems first appeared in The Character of a London Diurnal (1647) and thereafter in some 20 other collections.  His real achievement lay in his political, satirical poems, written mainly in heroic couplets.

He has been called “both a detached, intellectual, ‘metaphysical’ poet” and “a committed satirist”.

His volume of Poems were published in 1656.

Some external links (of my choice):

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Poems in Russian (you’d have to switch the language, otherwise you won’t see much of anything if anything)

Yandex  – the best search engine for searches in Russian (yes there are a few others) – the best search engine for searches in Romance and Germanic languages, excellent for English as well.

Ecosia –   a German search engine — they are actually very good

Russian Commerce Agency – an export-import and contact facilitation agency

Talking Writing Monster –  ideas and commentary