Poetry and Politics under the Stuarts

Poetry and Politics under the Stuarts

Poetry and Politics under the Stuarts

Poetry and Politics under the Stuarts

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This book is the text of the Clark Lectures given at Cambridge in the Lent Term of 1958. I should like to thank once again the Master and Fellows of Trinity College for their invitation to deliver these lectures and for the opportunity they thus so generously afforded me of developing a subject which I find deeply interesting. I should also like to thank the audience whose ready response to seventeenthcentury wit made my task so pleasant.

The difference between the written and the spoken word is considerable. Although I have altered the text where the phrasing seemed altogether too colloquial to set down in print, I have on the whole left the lectures very much as I delivered them. Those who meet them for the first time in this form will, I hope, remember that what they are reading was written in the first place to be spoken, and that what runs easily in speech may sometimes hang slack in print, just as what reads smoothly in print may sometimes sound too contrived for easy speech.

The spelling of the numerous extracts from seventeenth-century writers is not consistent. I have . . .

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