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date: 22 September 2020

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The chapter covers two separate, though related, kinds of Neo-Latin verse. The nature of the Renaissance epigram is explored, and one very short poem, Joachim Du Bellay’s two-line epitaph on a dog, is examined in detail. The potential ambiguities within so small a work highlight the richness of the genre. Other epigram writers are mentioned more briefly, especially the influential and much-reprinted Welsh Latinist John Owen, and some German student-poets from 1631. Occasional poetry may be in epigram form, but this genre also covers some longer and more ambitious poems, such as the lyrics of Anthony Alsop. Several examples from collections of occasional poetry are examined: some marriage-poems (epithalamia) from Leipzig in 1616, and the Cambridge collection on the death of General Monck, 1670.

Keywords: epigrams, occasional poetry, epithalamia, horoscopes, Oxford and Cambridge commemorative verse, Anthony Alsop, Joachim Du Bellay, James Duport, George Monck, John Owen

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