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Edward Burns

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780853230380

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317644

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‘An Allusion to Horace’, Jonson's Ghost, and the Second Poets' War

‘An Allusion to Horace’, Jonson's Ghost, and the Second Poets' War

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(p.166) ‘An Allusion to Horace’, Jonson's Ghost, and the Second Poets' War
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Reading Rochester
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Brean S. Hammond

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317644.010

This chapter discusses the poem ‘An Allusion to Horace’, which Rochester is most indebted to as a precursor. Rochester was the first English poet to appreciate a Roman satire could be systematically done over the duration of an entire poem. The tactic of Rochester in ‘An Allusion to Horace’ is to contrast popular entertainment with carefully constructed writing. Rochester wants to cut a wide swathe between poets like Lee, Otway and Settle, who are professional writers and working dramatists marketing their writing talents to eke out a living. The gradual shift in the poetic value#x0027;s creation is apparent in the poem of Rochester. Plagiarism will later be apprehended as a legal matter in literature's professionalized and individualized institutions.

Keywords:   Rochester, An Allusion to Horace, English poet, Roman satire, poem, poets, plagiarism

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