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O'Callaghan, M. ORCID: (2022) Satire. In: Bates, C. and Cheney, P. (eds.) Sixteenth-Century British Poetry. The Oxford History of Poetry in English, 4. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 229-243. ISBN 9780198830696

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This chapter sets out the modal repertoire of satire and charts the different stylistic choices made by poets across the sixteenth century as they engage with Juvenal’s dictum that ‘it is hard not to write satire’. It begins with the multivocality of John Skelton’s early Tudor satire, with its medley of varied styles, and the responses to his Colin Clout in Reformist, avowedly Protestant satire. At the Henrician court, Sir Thomas Wyatt translated neoclassical satire into a distinctly English idiom. Vernacular moralising satire flourishes in the period before the 1590s, when poets, such as John Donne, Joseph Hall, and John Marston, turn to the Roman satirists transforming London into the Rome of Horace, Juvenal, and Persius.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Early Modern Research Centre (EMRC)
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Literature
ID Code:109384
Publisher:Oxford University Press

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