Samuel Cobb(bap. 17 October 1675 - 18 September 1713)
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Samuel Cobb, the son of a cooper, was born in London in 1675. He was educated at Christ's
Hospital and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was taught by Richard Bentley. He took the degrees of B.A. in 1698 and M.A. in 1702. Cobb began writing poetry
while still a student at Trinity and his most ambitious single poem, Poetae Britannici (1700), celebrates the progress of poetry from Chaucer to Dryden. After graduating from
University, Cobb returned to Christ's Hospital, where he was assistant master until
his death in 1713. Cobb continued to write and publish poems of a mainly patriotic
nature. He is also known for his translation work, particularly from the Latin, of
classical, British, and European authors. Cobb also wrote a much reprinted adaptation
Miller's Tale. His poems appeared in several miscellanies published by the bookseller Edmund Curll.
In his later life, Cobb suffered from alcohol problems. He died in 1713 and was buried
at Christ's Hospital. Cobb's poems were reprinted in poetic miscellanies and anthologies
throughout the 18th century.
Baines, Paul, Julian Ferraro, Pat Rogers, eds. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Eighteenth-Century Writers and Writing, 1660-1789. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 68-69. Print.
Radcliffe, David H., ed.
Samuel Cobb (1675-1713). Spenser and the Tradition: ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830. Center for Applied Technologies in the Humanities, Virginia Tech, 2006. Web. 25 Nov. 2011. http://spenserians.cath.vt.edu/AuthorRecord.php?recordid=32933.
Cobb, Samuel. A Collection of Poems by Several Hands . Ed. Robert Dodsley and Michael F. Suarez. Vol. I. London: Routledge/Thoemmes, 1997. 134. Print. 6 volumes.