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A SATYR AGAINST VERTUE.
[Oldham, John].

A SATYR AGAINST VERTUE.

London: Printed in the Year 1679.
1st Ed. Square 8vo. 15pp. + [i] blank. T.p. device, dec. initial letter. Browning, rebound in modern half morocco with marbled boards, gilt lettered morocco title label to spine. Scarce first publication. ESTC R5964 ‘Anonymous. By John Oldham. In verse. Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), O243 Brooks, Harold F. Bibliography of John Oldham, 3.’ ODNB ‘... His first poem to achieve renown was 'Aude a liquid. Ode' (written in 1676 at Croydon), which circulated in manuscript and appeared in a pirated printed edition in 1679 under the misleading title A Satyr Against Vertue. This was imagined to be Rochester's speech on smashing the phallic glass sundials in the king's privy garden in 1675, and its satirical impersonation of Rochester's libertine stance drew an appreciative visit from the earl and his entourage. The 'Dithyrambique on Drinking: Suppos'd to be Spoken by Rochester at the Guinny-Club' and 'Sardanapalus', an erotic heroic extravaganza too obscene for publication, completed a trio of poems satirically mimicking libertine attitudes with such bravura that some readers failed to see their ironic purpose ...’
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