Pestilential Poesies

Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)


There remain few poetic responses to the Great Plague of London (1665). Dwelling on the horrors of the year did not prove fertile for the writer’s imagination. Against this backdrop of relative silence, two authors captured the enormity of the outbreak in the small pages of a book and in lines of verse: William Winstanley, at the height of the plague, in The Christians Refuge: or Heavenly Antidotes Against the Plague in This Time of Generall Contagion to Which Is Added the Charitable Physician (1665)


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