Andrew Marvell, the Critical Heritage

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they are here published without any Castration, with many curious Miscellaneous Poems of the same great Men, which never before see the Light.


32.

Defoe on satirical poetry

1703, 1711, 1713

Best known now for his novel Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe (?1660-1731) was in his own day well known as a journalist, pamphleteer, and satiric poet. The burden of his remarks in the following passages is the decline of satire since the seventeenth century.

(a) Extract from More Reformation. A Satyr upon Himself, 16 July 1703, the precise date deriving from the Luttrell copy in the British Library. It was published again in 1705 in A Second Volume of the Writings of the Author of the True-Born Englishman. ll. 532-53.

Now, Satyr, all thy Grievances rehearse,
And so retrieve the Honour of thy Verse.
No more shalt thou old Marvell’s Ghost1 lament,

* Captain Ayloffe, author of ‘Marvell’s Ghost. ’

The satire on Marvell is wonderfully misplaced.

(A Select Collection of Poems, ed. John Nichols, 1780-2, III, p. 50; IV, p. 355. )

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