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In a burlesque of Gibber's birthday ode for 1 732 Dullness bids him ascend the
throne, and the notion that Gibber was the supreme poetical dunce was
widespread among the wits of the day. l The satirizing of the laureate and the
Mr. Eusden was made Laureate for the same reason that Mr. Titbald was made
Hero of This Poem, because there was no belter to be had. Nor ought Mr.
Oldmixon to complain, so long after, that the Laurel would better have become
his own ...
He begins with the character of the poet himself, who was the original and father
of all Laureates, and called Camillo. He was a plain country-man of Apulia,
whether a shepherd or thresher, is not material. "This "man (says Jovius) excited
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On the whole, I did enjoy reading this poem, although I found it very difficult to read. I've heard before that it's very hard to comprehend the first time around, and I would have to agree. Although ... Read full review
The Dunciad Variorum with the Prolegomena of Scriblerus I
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