Henry Vaughan: Thalia Rediviva

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  • Glyn Pursglove (University of Wales, Swansea)

Thalia Rediviva was published some 23 years after Vaughan's previous collection, and most of the poems included in it were certainly written many years before publication. In 1673 Vaughan informed John Aubrey that the book was ready for the press, but it was a further five years before it appeared. The book's full title, as it appears on the title-page, is revealing: “The Pass-Times and Diversions of a Countrey-Muse, In Choice Poems On several Occasions. With Some Learned Remains of the Eminent Eugenius Philalethes. Never made Publick till now”. Eugenius Philalethes was the pseudonym of Henry Vaughan's twin brother Thomas, and one purpose of the volume was clearly to put into circulation some of …

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Pursglove, Glyn. "Thalia Rediviva". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 July 2001
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