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1613, Jun 161658, Apr 29
an English poet and Royalist. 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. 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"
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Merdaille: The rabble. Used in the 14th century. The ending means a heap, a group; similarly canaille, the rabble, mea...
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