John Wilmot, the notorious Earl of Rochester, was the darling of the polished, profligate court of Charles II. One of the finest poets of the Restoration, patron to important playwrights, model for countless witty young rakes in Restoration comedies, he lived a full but short life, dying in 1680 (with a dramatic deathbed renunciation of his atheism) at the age of thirty-three. This edition of Rochester’s poetry, brilliantly annotated and introduced by David M. Vieth, has been a classic work for decades.
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"'Bawdy in thought, precise in words.' Rochester's description of the court prostitute in the poem 'On Mistress Willis' might equally describe himself. The earl's mind is never far from 'love's theatre,' as he calls bed. His love poems are tender, explicit, funny... If this guy was living today, I'd be camping out at the gates to his castle." -- Kathleen Ferguson, Irish TimesAbout the Author:
David M. Vieth was professor of English at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
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