By Andrew McRae
Andrew McRae examines the connection among literature and politics at a pivotal second in English heritage. McRae argues that the main influential and incisive political satire during this interval could be present in manuscript libels, scurrilous pamphlets, and a number of different fabric written and circulated below the specter of censorship. Satire supplied the most important assets in which early Stuart writers might outline new types of political id and build new discourses of dissent.
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75–133. See further Gerald Hammond, Fleeting Things: English Poets and Poems 1616–1660 (Cambridge, MA, 1990), pp. ”: John Felton and his Allies’, ELH, 59 (1992), 513–52; and Holstun, Ehud’s Dagger: Class Struggle in the English Revolution (London, 2000), pp. 158–64, 178–86. Kirk Combe considers a relatively small canon of poems as evidence of generic development from complaint to satire (‘The New Voice of Political Dissent: The Transition from Complaint to Satire’, in Kirk Combe and Brian A. , Theorizing Satire: Essays in Literary Criticism [Basingstoke and London, 1995], pp.
E. Kastner’s Edition of Drummond’s Poems’, Studies in Scottish Literature, 7 (1970), 107. On ‘The Five Senses’, see below, pp. 75–82. Raylor, Cavaliers, pp. 55–6. For a representative Elizabethan volume (of courtly origin) including university libels, see The Arundel Harington Manuscript of Tudor Poetry, ed. , Columbus, OH, 1960). Townley’s poem, ‘Enjoy thy bondage; make thy prison know’, is printed in Poems and Songs, pp. 74–6. Gill is identified as an author of libels, and possibly of ‘The Five Senses’, in documents printed in Original Papers Illustrative of the Life and Writings of John Milton, ed.
One poem which enjoyed a distinct currency in news networks was intended, in the words of D’Ewes, ‘to show the meanness of [Buckingham’s client] Sir Nicholas Hyde, and to deliver the four preceding Chief Justices to be remembered by posterity’. 48. The diarist William Whiteway noted the libel’s occasion, though not the poem itself, in a note of November 1626: ‘In this moneth, the Subsidy Roiall went about, which all the Judges refused to subscribe unto, and som of them were thereupon put from their places, as Sir Randall Crew, from being Lord cheife Justice to the kings Bench .
Literature, Satire and the Early Stuart State by Andrew McRae