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Published: 14 March 2013

208 Pages

7.7 x 5.1 inches

ISBN: 9780199584321

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Selected Poems

John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester
Edited by Paul Davis

Oxford World's Classics

  • A new selection of Rochester's famously explicit verse, that goes beyond its popular reputation for pornographic or vitriolic directness to bring out the variety and sophistication of his work.
  • Texts of the poems Rochester translated and imitated are included in the notes, enabling readers to explore his creatively intricate involvement with the work of his ancient and modern counterparts, a crucial aspect of the poet's genius.
  • Introduction examines issues of attribution and manuscript circulation and situates Rochester within a larger intellectual movement of libertinism.
  • Full notes help readers unfamiliar with Restoration usage to understand meaning and the subtler connotations of words and phrases.
  • Index of Manuscripts.

New to this Edition:

  • Includes only poems now securely established as Rochester's, in modern spelling.
  • Uses texts not based on the posthumous and unreliable printed editions but on the most authoritative manuscripts which circulated in Rochester's lifetime, making it the most reliable edition available.