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English Clandestine Satire, 1660-1702

Harold Love


In early modern Britain, the primary medium of free comment was the clandestine satire, circulated either orally or in manuscript. Part of the national political culture from Jacobean times, satire reached its greatest influence following the Restoration of Charles II, when a new ‘easy’ style, combining courtly polish with demotic frankness and flagrant indecency, led to the composition of thousands of such poems. Most of the poets of the time, including such major talents as Marvell and Rochester, wrote in the genre, though nearly always anonymously. While its chief targets were political, mu ... More

Keywords: clandestine satire, political culture, Restoration satire, sexual misbehaviour, Jacobean, court, Town, state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199255610
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199255610.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harold Love, author
Emeritus Professor, School of Literary, Visual and Performance Studies, Monash University