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a fine study of Milton and Ovid ... a skilfully woven work of criticism without a thread awry in its scholarly fabric. (Erick Ramalho, Bryn Mawr Classical Review)
a major achievement ... as timely as other creative reinterpretations of Ovid today, and, though a scholarly work, belongs to the same rich field of our own transformations and interpretations of Ovid. (Goran Stanivukovic, Review of English Studies) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Paul Davis is the author of Translation and the Poet's Life: the Ethics of Translating in English Culture, 1646-1726 (OUP, 2008).
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Writing at the court of Charles II from the mid-1660s till 1680, Rochester is clever, witty, mocking, scurrilous and deliberately bawdy. With his focus on mistresses, sexual encounters, constancy, love and the erotic, he draws on classical, Elizabethan and cavalier poetic traditions - but gives them a dynamic, energetic and sometimes very cynical edge of his own.
Rochester the rake-about-town is well-known - but his excellence as a poet is sometimes overlooked. His metrics are impeccable, and he's one of the only poets writing in English who makes the rhyming couplet work.
Like many other elite, courtly and now canonical poets from the Renaissance period - Thomas Wyatt, Philip Sidney, John Donne - Rochester's poems circulated only in manuscript and were first published in a `pirated' unauthorised version on his death. With a complicated textual history, editions of Rochester do matter, and it's only recently that we've been able to recuperate something that is relatively reliable.
As with most of the Oxford paperbacks, this has a focused and up-to-date introduction. The notes are excellent on textual variations and positioning within the various manuscripts, but are oddly silent on how the poems situate themselves against poetic traditions and as imitations and re-writings. But that's a small niggle.
So overall a very good edition of an excellent poet - highly recommended.
The man himself was what was called at the time, a rake, and he definitely lived a hedonistic lifestyle, putting to shame people who claim to be such these days. Sometimes a friend of the king, Charles II, he was definitely the leading satirist of his age, and probably also the greatest poet of the time as well. Edited by Paul Davis, who also herein gives an excellent and comprehensive introduction, the poems in this edition have been selected from Harold Love's edition. The problem with Rochester's poems and finding the real text by the author has always been rife with problems. Originally written by the author instead of being printed the poems did get altered over the period, some being made more fruitier than they were, and then also being censored, by other parties. Of course, the language that at times Rochester used has been the main appeal to these poems by a lot of people, but just to look at that detracts from other points about these. Well written, at times rude, and also at times very funny, Rochester it has to be admitted was a genius.
If you have never read any of Rochester's poems before, then this book may well be an ideal starting place, you have an excellent introduction, a note on the text, chronology, genre sections, notes and an index, so this is pretty comprehensive. If you do decide to purchase this, then please make sure you read 'A Ramble in St James' Park' (page 41), my all time favourite piece by this author. In all I am more than happy to be given this particular edition to review.
Much of his poetry is deliberately anti-heroic, scatalogical and could not be quoted in full here - littered as it is with four-letter words. Yet the overwhelming observation that struck this reader - was how much more there is to Rochester than merely dirty ditties.
He was cultured, well-read and intelligent, and a courtier at Charles II's court in the 1660s and 1670s. It is this latter point that we miss if we merely think of him as the typical hell-raising Restoration Rake slumming it in the stews of London's Drury Lane.
True, he did live fast and died young - blind of syphilis at just 33. But in his clear-sighted introduction we are allowed to see him as a complex individual, as Davis separates out the four main strands of Rochester's life - court, theatre, country, and church - he died repentant in the arms of the C of E.
He spent much of his life in London at court - and while he did go rambling with his cronies (which in the 17th C meant drinking in disreputable taverns in search of prostitutes) his poetry clearly shows much of his life was spent immersed in the factions and politicking around the king.
His life in the country in Oxfordshire fascinates me, there he lived surrounded by his family - all women - who all seemed devoted to him, his formidable mother, his wife, and his daughter.Read more ›
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I just enjoy poetry for the love of language and the skill of the writer to capture and relay emotions to me. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Trickle Tree
The unsavoury character of the earl can be quite misleading when it comes to this excellent selection of his work. Read morePublished on 21 Nov. 2013 by Mb Awan
Well edited and well composed, this is a great selection of classic poems for students of English literature. Recommended purchasePublished on 17 Oct. 2013 by writeallthereviews
This was interesting Being an ignorant type I had only a vague knowledge of the poet but I did quite like this book. Read morePublished on 16 Oct. 2013 by The Emperor
Rochester might not be for everyone and indeed I'm not sure it was for me. But as ever it's a well turned out volume, well edited and clearly presented.Published on 26 Sept. 2013 by Stuart Burns
As usual, this Oxford World Classics edition does the job very well with a useful introduction for historical/chronological context and some fairly comprehensive explanatory... Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2013 by Michael Jacobs
John Wilmot, second Earl of Rochester, has achieved something of a cult status both as the first celebrity poet and for his Libertine ways. Read morePublished on 9 Sept. 2013 by Les Williams
This is a selection of poems, songs and satires by Rochester.
It has an introduction that tells us about his life and therefore the background to the poems. Read more