James Boswell: Poems

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Although Boswell is best known as a prose writer and there is no comprehensive edition of his poems, he was a prolific if miscellaneous versifier all his life. Many earlier pieces c. 1758-62 were printed from the Bodleian MS as Boswell's Book of Bad Verse (1974). These are obviously youthful productions – amorous, literary (prologues to plays), exercises in a variety of metrical and rhyming forms – none perhaps of lasting worth, but reflecting their lively gentleman-author and the peculiarly clubbable and literary environment of Scots lawyers. “A Poetical Epistle to Doctor Sterne, Parson Yorick and Tristram Shandy”, celebrates his meeting with the newly-famous clergyman-author:

My verses, be they good o…
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McGowan, Ian. "Poems". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 January 2001
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