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Lawyers at PlayLiterature, Law, and Politics at the Early Modern Inns of Court, 1558-1581$
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Jessica Winston

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198769422

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769422.001.0001

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Lyric Poetry

Lyric Poetry

Forming a Professional Community

(p.77) 3 Lyric Poetry
Lawyers at Play

Jessica Winston

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the manuscript verse of three significant inns-of-court poets: Barnabe Googe, George Turberville, and George Gascoigne. Their poetry is similar to the verse on set themes that the authors were required to write in school, verses that affirmed the importance of work, friendship, duty, humility, and other social and moral virtues. In the context of the shared educational and professional contexts of the Inns in this period, this poetry confirmed the writers’ shared social and professional aspirations and helped to establish and reinforce their sense of themselves as members of a homogeneous and like-minded group, a society of dutiful, responsible, serious, moral, religious, and civically minded men who were ready to take on careers as magistrates in the commonweal.

Keywords:   Inns of Court, 1560s, George Gascoigne, Barnabe Googe, George Turberville, school exercises, lyric poetry, answer poetry, duty, magistrates

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