British poet best known for his 1635 work Emblems. His other publications include Sions Elegies, Wept by Jeremie the Prophet; Hieroglyphikes of the Life of Man, and Solomon's Recantation.
He was born in Essex and studied at both Christ's College, Cambridge and Lincoln's Inn.
His family had a history of service to British royals such as James I, Henry VIII, and Elizabeth I.
He wed Ursula Woodgate in 1618; the couple subsequently raised eighteen children.
He was an ancestor of American poet and Harlem Renaissance figure Langston Hughes.