(d. 1678) poet and playwright
a writer with an interest in experimental forms. His Miscellanea (1653) includes a defence of the stage and a lament for the theatres silenced under the Commonwealth. His Ariadne (1654) has a claim to be the first English opera, though the music (which he composed himself) is lost. His Love's Dominion (1654), a pastoral with songs, was acted after the Restoration under the title Love's Kingdom. Its reputation for insipidity, and Marvell's earlier satire (‘Flecknoe, an English priest at Rome’, ?1645) suggested to Dryden his attack on Shadwell, Mac Flecknoe.