Cavalier Poets are a group of 17th-century English lyric poets, associated with the Royalists, who were the followers of King Charles I at the time of the English Civil War. Three of them—Thomas Carew, Sir John Suckling, and Richard Lovelace—were attached to the court of Charles, and one, Robert Herrick, was a clergyman.
These poets were influenced by Ben Jonson and formed an informal social, as well as literary circle. The term Cavalier lyrics is often applied to the poetry of these authors and to that of some of their contemporaries, such as John Cleveland. Generally marked by brevity, correct and polished form, and restrained emotion, these poems deal with loyalty, beauty, and love.