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Monstrous AdversaryThe Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford$
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Alan H. Nelson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780853236788

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313592

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A Passing Singular Odd Man

A Passing Singular Odd Man

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This chapter considers Gabriel Harvey's satirical portrayal of Oxford in English verse in 1580. Under the title of Speculum Tuscanismi, that is, ‘Mirror of Tuscanism’ or ‘Italian Mirrour’, Harvey's poem appeared without his permission in Three Proper, and Wittie, Familiar Letters. The target of the satire was openly recognizable — and recognized — as Oxford. The poem also points to foppishness as Oxford's most characteristic trait.

Keywords:   satire, Speculum Tuscanismi, poetry, Gabriel Harvey, foppishness

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