Reading Rochester

Overview

This collection of new essays explores all aspects of one of the most intriguing and contoversial English poets, the seventeenth-century libertine the Earl of Rochester. Different sections focus on sexual politics, on the poetry of intellect, and on Rochester and his contemporaries. The aim of the book is to read Rochester and to open up the poems to further reading.

Rochester's personal notoriety is in a complex relationship to his writing and to the presonality he created for ...

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Overview

This collection of new essays explores all aspects of one of the most intriguing and contoversial English poets, the seventeenth-century libertine the Earl of Rochester. Different sections focus on sexual politics, on the poetry of intellect, and on Rochester and his contemporaries. The aim of the book is to read Rochester and to open up the poems to further reading.

Rochester's personal notoriety is in a complex relationship to his writing and to the presonality he created for himself through that writing. These essays offer a fresh reassessment of the range and quality of a writer only recently widely available, who is currently becoming visible as one of the great writers of his century.

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A collection of 11 new essays exploring aspects of the intriguing and controversial 17th century English poet and libertine, the Earl of Rochester. Sections focus on sexual politics, form and intellect, and Rochester and his literary contemporaries including Pope, Oldham, and Dryden. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312127886
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/15/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Burbans is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Language and Literature, University of Liverpool.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Gender and Artfulness in Rochester's 'Song of a Young-Lady to Her Ancient Lover' 6
'Something Genrous in Meer Lust'?: Rochester and Misogyny 21
Obscene Libel and the Language of 'The Imperfect Enjoyment' 42
Rochester, Lady Betty and the Post-Boy 66
Negativity and Affirmation in Rochester's Lyric Poetry 84
'Upon Nothing': Rochester and the Fear of Non-entity 98
On Not Being a Very Punctual Subject: Rochester and the Invention of Modernity 114
From 'Nothing' to 'Silence': Rochester and Pope 137
'An Allusion to Horace', Jonson's Ghost and the Second Poets' War 166
Rochester and Oldham: 'High Rants in Profaneness' 187
'The Present Moment' and 'Times Whiter Series': Rochester and Dryden 207
Index 227
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