The Poets, II: Mary Fage: Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 11

1st Edition

Betty S.Travitsky

Routledge
Published July 19, 2000
Reference - 328 Pages
ISBN 9781840142242 - CAT# Y283843
Series: The Early Modern Englishwoman: A Facsimile Library of Essential Works & Printed Writings, 1500-1640: Series I, Part Two

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Summary

The dates of Mary Fage are not known, it is assumed however that she was flourishing around 1637. Fames Roule comprises a series of over 400 acrostic verses, each containing an anagram and each addressed to one of the noble and powerful of Caroline England. As such it constitutes a verbal salute to court culture. While they may not be of great literary value, her verses are an extreme example of the pervasive word play of her time, and their contents afford an extended glimpse at social construction of upperclass reality in Caroline England. Reproduced here is the copy held at the Huntington Library.

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