Edmund Waller: Poems

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  • Glyn Pursglove (University of Wales, Swansea)

The publication history of Waller's Poems of 1645 provides a forceful illustration of the complexities - social, political and bibliographical - which often surrounded the emergence before the public of courtly and aristocratic poetry in this period. At the end of November 1644 Waller was banished from England and left for France. In 1645, perhaps with no loftier design than the hope of making a quick profit by exploiting Waller's newly acquired notoriety, a publisher called Thomas Walkley hurriedly produced an octavo volume rather grandly titled The Works of Edmond Waller Esquire, lately a Member of the Honourable House of Commons, In this present Parliament. As well as a collection of Waller's poems The Works

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Pursglove, Glyn. "Poems". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 October 2000
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