Samuel Daniel (1562-1619) was an English poet, historian, and playwright. Daniel‘s known associates were Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, and Walter Raleigh. Born in 1562, he studied at Oxford University, leaving after three years to study poetry and philosophy, and became a servant of the English ambassador of France. The Countess of Pembroke, Mary Sidney, first taught him prose and poetry. His first widespread work from 1592 and contained sonnets written to a woman named Delia. After he continued writing and became a successful court poet, writing both poetry and plays such as, The Vision of the Twelve Goddesses and Philotas. This piece expressed sympathy and rebellion against the crown that occurred in past years. He would remain secluded in his home, located on Old Street in London (The London Theater, The Curtain was located down the street) for months at a time seeking inspiration and ideas for his writings, and would only come out to socialize with friends. He eventually gave up benefactors and court titles therefore, ending his writing career. Finally, he retired on a farm where he eventually peacefully died in the year 1619.
Author: Lockhart, David
Editor: Morrissette, Lindsey, Stonehill College 2020