Denham, Sir John

Denham, Sir John dĕn´əm [key], 1615–69, English poet and dramatist. His fame rests largely on two works: Cooper's Hill (1642), a topographical poem, combining descriptions of scenery with moral reflections, and The Sophy, a historical tragedy of the Turkish court, acted in 1641. He served the royalists during the Puritan revolution and as a result was made surveyor general of the royal works. He was knighted in 1661.

See ed. of his works by T. H. Banks, Jr. (1928) biography by B. O'Hehir (1968).

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