John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester, Satire against Mankind

Lyons, P. (2017) John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester, Satire against Mankind. In: Womersley, D. (ed.) A Companion to Literature from Milton to Blake. Series: Blackwell companions to literature and culture (7). Blackwell Publishers: Oxford, UK ; Malden, Mass., pp. 214-223. ISBN 9781405165327 (doi:10.1002/9781405165327.ch18)

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Abstract

Erectile dysfunction provided Rochester with material for mock-tirades; disappointment takes a less physiological ground and a more analytic tone, as if in resignation to inevitability, when he reflects in a letter to his wife on ‘soe greate a disproportion t'wixt our desires & what [is] ordained to content them’. His most celebrated poem, his Satire against Mankind, presses to its limits this existential turn against the claims of humanism, and offers no remedy.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lyons, Mr Patrick
Authors: Lyons, P.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Journal Name:A Companion to Literature from Milton to Blake
Publisher:Blackwell Publishers
ISBN:9781405165327
Published Online:20 October 2017

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