Edmund Waller

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1606-1687
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Like many other English poets of his day, Edmund Waller (1606-1687) was swept up in the political turmoil of the English Civil War. In the 1640s, he was arrested, nearly executed, and then banished from England for a number of years before he was able to safely return. Ideologically adaptable, Waller wrote poems praising both Cromwell and King Charles II.