Henry Vaughan: Poems, with the Tenth Satire of Juvenal Englished

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  • Glyn Pursglove (University of Wales, Swansea)

Henry Vaughan's first collection of poems was registered on the 15th of September 1646. It carries the date of 1646 on its title-page, describing itself as the work of “Henry Vaughan, Gent.”. Of the thirteen original poems in the volume, all but two are love poems. In a prefatory note addressed to “To all Ingenious Lovers of Poesie”, Vaughan assures his readers that his love poems represent “a flame, bright only in its own innocence, that kindles nothing but a generous thought; which though it may warm the blood, the fire at highest is but Platonic”. Certainly there is little that is sensual in these poems and little or no sense of sexual desire. A major influence on Vaughan's love poetry was the example of William …

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Pursglove, Glyn. "Poems, with the Tenth Satire of Juvenal Englished". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 July 2001
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