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 (kou′lē), Abraham 1618-1667.
English metaphysical poet whose works include Davideis (1656), an epic on the life of King David.
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(Biography) Abraham. 1618–67, English poet and essayist, who introduced the Pindaric ode to English literature
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(ˈkaʊ li, ˈku-)

1. Abraham, 1618–67, English poet.
2. Malcolm, 1898-1989, U.S. writer, critic, and editor.
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References in classic literature ?
FROM HIS SEAT on a box in the rough board shed that stuck like a burr on the rear of Cowley & Son's store in Winesburg, Elmer Cowley, the junior member of the firm, could see through a dirty window into the printshop of the Winesburg Eagle.
A flush crept into Elmer Cowley's face and his hands began to tremble.
Cowley & Son's store did not face the main street of Winesburg.
Ebenezer Cowley, the man who stood in the store listening to the eager patter of words that fell from the lips of the traveling man, was tall and lean and looked unwashed.
In the store on the morning when Elmer Cowley saw George Willard standing and apparently lis- tening at the back door of the Eagle printshop, a situation had arisen that always stirred the son's wrath.
In the store Elmer Cowley and his father stared at each other.
Elmer Cowley went out of Winesburg and along a country road that paralleled the railroad track.
No general error evinces a more thorough confusion of ideas than the error of supposing Donne and Cowley metaphysical in the sense wherein Wordsworth and Coleridge are so.
These lines of Cowley were new to me, but the sentiment was not new, and I marvelled how the old tailor could see through me so well.
March strolled placidly about, quoting Tusser, Cowley, and Columella to Mr.
Abraham Cowley, a youthful prodigy and always conspicuous for intellectual power, was secretary to Queen Henrietta Maria after her flight to France and later was a royalist spy in England.
Cowley (in the year 1684) says that the "Turtledoves were so tame, that they would often alight on our hats and arms, so as that we could take them alive, they not fearing man, until such time as some of our company did fire at them, whereby they were rendered more shy." Dampier also, in the same year, says that a man in a morning's walk might kill six or seven dozen of these doves.