Censuring Libertine Sexuality: Sodom
Anthony à Wood adds a second reason for the publication of all of these verses under Rochester’s name: “No sooner was the breath out of his body but some person, or persons, who had made a collection of his poetry in manuscript, did, meerly for the lucre sake (as ’twas conceived) publish them under this title, Poems on Several Occasions.”2
[H]e laid out his Wit very freely in Libels and Satyrs, in which he had a peculiar Talent of mixing his Wit with his Malice, and fitting both with such apt words, that Men were tempted to be pleased with them: from thence his Composures came to be easily known, for few had such a way of tempering these together as he had; so that, when any thing extraordinary that way came out, as a Child is fathered sometimes by its Resemblance, so it was laid at his Door as its Parent and Author.1
KeywordsSexual Desire English Society Sexual Pleasure Libertine Performance Libertine Circle
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