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Poetry and the Cromwellian Protectorate
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Poetry and the Cromwellian Protectorate: Culture, Politics, and Institutions

Edward Holberton


This book shows that the Protectorate's instabilities helped to generate lively and innovative poetry. Protectorate verse explores the fault-lines of a culture which ceaselessly contested the authority of its own institutions, including the office of Protector itself. This study reads poems by Andrew Marvell, Edmund Waller, John Dryden, and a number of writers who will be less familiar, in a cross-section of institutional contexts, including an embassy to Sweden, Oxford University, parliamentary crises, and a state funeral. It finds that their poetry often proves difficult to align with establ ... More

Keywords: Protectorate, Andrew Marvell, Edmund Waller, John Dryden, Sweden, Oxford University, Oliver Cromwell

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199544585
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544585.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Holberton, author
Junior Research Fellow, St John's College, Cambridge