Satirical verse, 1630-1688.


Satirical verse, 1630-1688.

The collection contains twelve 17th century satirical poems written in various hands, dealing with political and state affairs and people (John Booker, Charles I, Elizabeth I, James I, William III, Earl of Strafford, and Evan Walls) in the troubled Stuart period: the death of kings, plots against the great, and religious dissentions. All but one are unattributable and unrecorded. These types of satirical verses had a clandestine circulation in manuscripts among privileged persons (see the Commonplace book of Robert Herrick) and some were published in Fugitive tracts written in verse which illustrate the condition of religious and political feeling in England, edited by H. Huth and W.C. Hazlitt (1875). Eleven of the twelve are accompanied by a typed transcription.

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