17th century restoration literature john wilmot

But once the straw dolls have been slain, Rochester celebrates in a sexual landscape all of his own. These included imitations of MalherbeRonsardand Boileau. More lightly, Rochester experimented ingeniously with various forms of verse satire on contemporary society.

Charles Williams observes that these opening lines have "something of the last mad metaphors of the metaphysical poets" and 17th century restoration literature john wilmot Cowley might have penned them.

From the tension between this view of the world and the Hobbesian view of the imperatives of self-interest, Rochester created his startling, amusing, and disgusting literary world.

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester: Both possessed formidably active and inquisitive intelligences. Where Donne seems to be the source, it is noteworthy that his omnipresent cosmological awareness is discarded in favor of a world without a sense of a larger ordering, or even disordering, but rather one that is simply comprised of successive things tending in no direction.

Rochester entered the school under the tutorship of the mathematician Phineas Bury, but a more influential tutor was the physician Robert Whitehall of Merton College, who may have inducted him into the life of debauchery.

As with editions of Rochester, so the biographies were written and published with a wary eye for prosecution. Many people thought he got his just desserts.

Although the quality of the play would hardly stimulate serious interest in Rochester, French literary criticism taking its cue from Voltaire, perhaps debated him seriously. However, they still formed an important body of opinion within the nation. Many of Hobbes influential ideas such as his views on social and political order and the notion of the rights of the individual were concepts that underpinned the liberal, unrestricted thought of the libertines.

Rochester behaved toward Charles, at times, like a servant to a master and at others like a rebellious and unruly child to a father. The one involved him in great sensuality; the other led him into many adventures and frolics, in which he was often in hazard of his life.

He returned shortly thereafter, and was sent away again after Christmas on when he presented In the Isle of Britain, a satire poking fun at the King during the holiday festivities. Before World War I there were signs of the revival of a serious interest in Rochester.

Restless he rolls about from whore to whore, A merry monarch, scandalous and poor. Another of his finest inventions, Mac Flecknoe written mids, publishedexplores, through agile mock-heroic fantasythe possibility of a world in which the profession of humane letters has been thoroughly debased through the unworthiness of its practitioners.

“On Poet Ninny” by John Wilmot

Indeed, it is hard to conceive of a single literary culture that could include, on the one hand, John Milton and John Bunyan and, on the other, John Wilmot, earl of Rochesterand John Dryden. Such gifts, however, were common tokens of esteem from students to their colleges.

A Satyr Against Mankindone of the few poems he published in a broadside inis a scathing denunciation of rationalism and optimism that contrasts human perfidy with animal wisdom. Bishop Burnett, who coached him to an implausible death-bed repentance, said that he was unable to express any feeling without oaths and obscenities.

John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester

Though not without his own moral inhibitions and religious gravity, Pepys immersed himself more totally than Evelyn in the new world of the s, and it is he who gives the more resonant and idiosyncratic images of the changing London of the time. After the Glorious Revolution a series of major comedies hinged on marital dissension and questions not unrelated to contemporary political traumas of contract, breach of promise, and the nature of authority.

There has been a good deal of speculative and imaginative reconstruction of this marriage, tending to highlight its apparent success and its sustained mutual affection.

The majority of his poetry was not published under his name until after his death.John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester. Portrait by Sir Peter mint-body.com Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, was a Restoration courtier, poet, satirist, and libertine. He was lauded by Andrew Marvell and Voltaire, who described him as a man of genius and translated some of his work into French.

Entertaining and offending with works such as. English literature - The Restoration: For some, the restoration of King Charles II in led many to a painful revaluation of the political hopes and millenarian expectations bred during two decades of civil war and republican government.

For others, it excited the desire to celebrate kingship and even to turn the events of the new reign into signs of a divinely ordained scheme of things. “On Poet Ninny” by John Wilmot. By Andrea Zuvich on Sun 27th Jan a.D.

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