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Taking Occasion By The Forelock: Dutch Poets And Appropriation Of Occasional Poems

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Writing occasional verse brings little fame. This chapter, after some preliminary remarks on definitions and problems, and on translation as a means of appropriation, examines how Dutch Neolatin poets from the late 16th and early 17th centuries handled three subgenres of occasional poetry: the epithalamium, the epicedion, and liminal verse. Occasion, praise and a client-patron relationship are closely linked: every occasional poem is a laudatory poem, but not all panegyric poetry is written for a certain occasion. The chapter looks at the ways in which Daniel Heinsius and Hugo Grotius handled the relationships between poem and occasion, and how they restored ancient poetry and put it to their own uses.

Keywords: appropriation; Daniel Heinsius; Dutch poets; epicedion; epithalamium; Hugo Grotius; liminal verse; occasional poems; panegyric poetry



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