A True Maid

By Matthew Prior 1664–1721 Matthew Prior
No, no; for my virginity,
    When I lose that, says Rose, I’ll die:
Behind the elms, last night, cried Dick,
    Rose, were you not extremely sick?

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Poet Matthew Prior 1664–1721

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Augustan

Subjects Love, Desire

 Matthew  Prior

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Matthew Prior was the most important poet writing in England between the death of John Dryden (1700) and the poetic maturity of Alexander Pope (about 1712). A significant influence on British and German poetry throughout the eighteenth century, Prior had an effect on several different forms: long philosophical poems either serious or half-mocking, Horatian imitations, psychologically realistic tales, and polished, metrical songs . . .

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SUBJECT Love, Desire

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Augustan

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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