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Britain considers job internship program

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British prisoners get student grants

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McDonald's diplomas coming to Britain

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U.K.: Labor MPs slam terror plans

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Talks urged on British electoral reform

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Report calls for British prison reform

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U.N.: Refugees should not be in prisons

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Minister for Universities John Denham, Leader of the Commons Harriet Harman, and Minister for Work and Pensions Peter Hain (L to R) arrive at No.10 Downing Street for their first Cabinet meeting with the new British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on June 29, 2007. (UPI Photo/Hugo Philpott)
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Sir John Denham (1615 - 10 March 1669), poet, son of the Chief Baron of Exchequer in Ireland, was born in Dublin, and educated at Trinity College, Oxford and at Lincoln's Inn in London.

He began his literary career with a tragedy, The Sophy (1641), but his poem, Cooper's Hill (1642), is the work by which he is remembered. It is the first example in English of a poem devoted to local description (describing the Thames scenery round his home at Egham in Surrey). Denham wrote many versions of this poem, reflecting the political and cultural upheavals of the British Civil War. Denham received extravagant praise from Dr Samuel Johnson; but the place now assigned him is a much more humble one. His verse is smooth, clear, and agreeable, and occasionally a thought is expressed with remarkable terseness and force.

In his earlier years Denham suffered for his Royalism (during the English Civil War, he was high sheriff of Surrey and governor of Farnham Castle), but after the Restoration enjoyed prosperity. He, however, made an unhappy marriage, and his last years were clouded by insanity. He was buried in Westminster Abbey.

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