See also:English poet, was
See also:born in 1562 . His
See also:Sir Robert
See also:Constable, was knighted by the
See also:earl of
See also:Essex in Scotland in 1570, and was the author of a
See also:work On the Ordering of a
See also:Camp . The poet went to St
See also:College, Cambridge, where he took his degree of B.A. in 1580 . He was (or now became) a
See also:Roman Catholic, and we hear of him next in
See also:Paris, whence in 1584 and 1585 he wrote to Walsingham letters which still exist, and which prove Constable to have been in the secret service of the English
See also:government . A later
See also:correspondence with Essex contains protestations of his
See also:loyalty . He was probably still abroad, when, in the autumn of 1592, a
See also:London publisher issued
See also:Diana, the praises of his
See also:Mistress in certain sweet sonnets, by H . C., containing 23 poems . A reissue of this pamphlet in 1594 (misprinted 1584) was greatly enlarged, not merely by more sonnets which may or may not be Constable's, but by eight poems which were certainly the work of Sir
See also:Sidney . Published a few
See also:weeks after the
See also:Delia of Daniel, the
See also:original Diana of 1592 claims a very early place in the
See also:evolution of the Elizabethan sonnet . In 1598 Constable was sent on a
See also:mission from the
See also:Pope to Scotland, the idea being that
See also:James VI. was to be supported in his claim to the English succession on
See also:condition of his setting English Romanists
See also:free from the existing disabilities . Constable's mission came to nothing, and he entered the service of the
See also:king of France . Later he asked for permission to return to England, but it was refused .
See also:con-sequence of a surreptitious excursion to London, he was captured and imprisoned in the Tower in 1604 . After a manhood spent in almost continuous
See also:Henry Constable died at Liege on the 9th of
See also:October 1613 . The Diana was the only work printed in the poet's
See also:time; it was augmented from MS.
See also:sources by H . J . Todd, in 1813 . His Spiritual Sonnets first appeared in 1815, edited by
See also:Park . Almost the only known pieces by Constable which are not sonnets are the
See also:song of " Diaphenia," and the beautiful pastoral
See also:canzone. on "
See also:Venus and
See also:Adonis," contained in the England's Helicon of 1600 . In 1594 he prefixed four sonnets, addressed to the soul of Sir Philip Sidney, to that writer's
See also:Apology of
See also:Poetry . A
See also:prose work of devotion, The Catholic Moderator (1623), has been attributed to Constable . Who Diana was has never been determined, but it has been conjectured that she may have been Mary, countess of Shrews-bury, who was a distant
See also:cousin of the poet . The
See also:body of Constable's writing is so small, and its authenticity so little supported by evidence, that it is rash to give a very definite opinion as to its character . But it is evident, from his undoubted productions, that he was much under the influence of the French poets of his time, particularly of
See also:Desportes, as well as of
See also:Petrarch and Sidney .
See also:Shakespeare was acquainted with Constable's poetry and admired it seems to be certain, and that he borrowed from it, "gives it," as Mr Sidney
See also:Lee has said, "its most lasting
See also:interest." In the arrangement of his rhymes, Constable usually keeps closer to the Petrarchan
See also:model than Daniel and the other contemporary sonneteers are accustomed to do . (E .
ARCHIBALD CONSTABLE (1774-1827)
JOHN CONSTABLE (1776-1837)
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