Abstract

Alexander's eight couplets on Prince Charles's return from Spain are strikingly close in style to Waller's poem on Charles's escape from drowning off Santander. Either Alexander was a remarkable trend-spotter as well as gifted literary imitator, or he anticipated Waller's refinements of the pentameter couplet and graceful turning of antithesis and mythological conceits, which Dryden praised and assimilated to his literary manner. The latter alternative need not mean that Waller imitated Alexander, only that the Scots, beginning with James's Reuelis and Cautelis and followed by Ayton, Alexander and Mackenzie, were helping to tread a path that became the thoroughfare of English Augustan verse.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2050-6678
Print ISSN
1756-5634
Pages
pp. 1-12
Launched on MUSE
2013-06-25
Open Access
No
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