Oldham, John, English poet and satirist

Oldham, John, 1653–83, English poet and satirist. His best-known works are the ironical Satires against the Jesuits (1681) and A Satire against Virtue (1679). He was much admired by Dryden, who wrote the beautiful “To the Memory of Mr. Oldham,” included in Oldham's collected works (1684).

See study by P. Hammond (1984).

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