Feb 12 – Happy Birthday Thomas Campion


Poet/lyricist Thomas Campion was born February 12, 1567, and lived until March 1, 1620, dying at the age of 52, most likely of the plague. His poems/songs were known for their “brevity and simple, straightforward delivery.” Considered a “keen observer of human frailty, particularly that brought on by the conflicts of love and sexuality. He is also a moralist.” Campion never married and left a paltry legacy to “his longtime friend and collaborator, Philip Rosseter.”

Campion was also known as a metric poet more interested in syllable count than rhyme. He wrote that rhyme should be “sparingly used, lest it should offend the ear with tedious affectation.” He added that rhyming was a “childish titillation.” These comments did not endear him to his contemporaries, and he was “neglected for almost two hundred years, but in the late 1800s he was rediscovered by A.H. Bullen and was later admired by T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound. In The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism (1933) Eliot calls Campion, “except for Shakespeare … the most accomplished master of rhymed lyric of his time.” His lyrics and the songs in which he presented them strongly reflect his period’s style, and Davis finds Campion’s influence in the works of such poets as Pound, W.H. Auden, and Robert Creeley. Campion has been called a poet of the ear, and his careful respect for the nature of the language and its capacities for pleasing intonation was a significant development.” https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/thomas-campion

Today’s senryu: Happy Birthday Thomas Campion

Offending your peers

may lead to obscurity;



4 thoughts on “Feb 12 – Happy Birthday Thomas Campion

  1. Ana Daksina

    The act of rhyming is as widely condemned currently as not-rhyming was in his day ~ but rhyming poetry stimulates parts of the brain reached by very few other influences, and one of these corresponds to our sense of the moral. May your haiku prove true of it 😌

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