The English Horace in Defense of Literature: Matthew Prior's Early Satires

January 1992
Papers on Language & Literature;Winter92, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p19
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
Focuses on the work of Matthew Prior, who had already acquired the title of the 'English Horace' by the early 18th Century, because of his evident attraction to the great Latin poet of antiquity and occasional imitation of his work. Acceptance of this identification without qualification, so that Prior's poetry is still commonly described in Horatian terms, as being easy, elegant, and urbane; Stance of George Sherburn in his his book 'The Literary History of England,' on Prior as perhaps the ideal neo-classicist.


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