Seventeenth Century Studies; A Contribution To The Study Of English Poetry

Paperback | February 12, 2012

byEdmund Gosse

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 Excerpt: ... concerning the Government of Oliver Cromwell, one of his finest prose works, containing several pieces of verses, of no very striking merit; and in 1662 two books of plants in Latin verse, the result of his enthusiastic but somewhat pedantic studies in botany. These " books " were printed after Cowley's death by Nahum Tate, in an English translation by the latter, by Mrs. Aphra Behn, a great imitator of the style, though not the ethics, of Cowley, and by certain other persons whose names are now forgotten. It must have been about this time that he made the acquaintance of "the matchless Orinda," Mrs. Katherine Philips, with whom he corresponded at great length, and for whom he seems to have shared the popular admiration. Orinda was a poetess of the new school, who preferred force of thinking in poetry before harmony or tenderness of style, and her verses were expressly modelled upon those of Cowley. This remarkable young woman, who was but twenty-nine years of age at the time of the Restoration, had already a great reputation, and Elys declares that Cowley was no less enamoured of her poetry than impressed to a still more serious pietism by her devotional austerity. When she died, still young, in 1664, Cowley mourned her in an ode that passes all bounds of discretion and moderation, in which he sets her above Sappho, and, what is still more funny, above Pope Joan! In 1663 he reprinted some poems that had appeared in his Essays on Verse and Prose, with other miscellaneous pieces. The publication of this volume, which he entitled Verses 0n Several Occasions, was forced upon him by the piratical printing of a volume of his inedited poems at Dublin. This small quarto contains fourteen copies of verses of an occasional kind. We find an ode on the death of Dr. W...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 Excerpt: ... concerning the Government of Oliver Cromwell, one of his finest prose works, containing several pieces of verses, of no very st...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217989535

ISBN - 13:9780217989534

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