Samuel Daniel  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Samuel Daniel (1562 – 14 October 1619) was an English poet and historian. He studied at Oxford University before becoming tutor to the family of Lord Herbert and later other members of the aristocracy. He translated work from Latin to English and then began to publish his own prose and verse. In 1603 he was given a royal appointment and produced a series of masques. In the early 17th century he associated with other well known writers of the time before retiring to the village of Beckington in Somerset.

His work and particularly the format he adopted for sonnets, was referred to and emulated by later writers.

Cultural references

A reference to Daniel's Sonnets to Delia is made in George Eliot's 19th-century novel, Middlemarch, when Mr. Casaubon is declaring his love for Miss Brooke. "Would it not be rash to conclude that there was no passion behind those sonnets to Delia which strike us as the thin music of a mandolin?"

Saul Bellow refers to Daniel's "Behold how every man, drawn with delight" in Humboldt's Gift. Charlie Citrine, the protagonist and narrator, is discussing the problem of death with his girlfriend and says to himself, "Whilst timorous knowledge stands considering, audacious ignorance hath done the deed."

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