Abstract

abstract:

This essay examines the phenomenon of rare or unique poems found in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century manuscript collections, positioning them within the familial, collegial, or coterie environments within and for which they were written. These include verses composed by compilers, politically dangerous or obscene texts, and texts related to scandals or topical events of local interest. These poems rarely feature in literary surveys, but they open a unique window onto early modern society and its mores, and indicate the social breadth, depth, and extent of literary composition.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1544-399X
Print ISSN
0018-7895
Pages
pp. 201-221
Launched on MUSE
2017-06-20
Open Access
No
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