By Charles Cotton.

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First Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Cotton, Charles. (1630-1687) - Lestrange, Roger. - Virgil - Aeneid : Scarronides: Or, Le Virgile Travesty. A Mock Poem. Being the First Book of Virgils Æneis [Aeneid] in English, Burle´sque. Imprimatur, Roger L'Estrange

Printed by E. Cotes for Henry Brome at the Gun in Ivy-lane, 1664. - The poet and translator Charles Cotton (1630- 87) , best remembered as friend of Izaak Walton and co-author of The Universal Angler (1676) , was at the centre of a small literary coterie on the Derbyshire-Staffordshire border and was himself a prolific writer. His translations included the essays of Montaigne ( 1685) , which was frequently reprinted, and among his original verse writings his robust burlesque of Virgil, Scarronides (1664) , proved especially popular, going through numerous editions. His miscellaneous poems were largely unpublished in his lifetime, though preserved in a manuscript kept by his friends, and were posthumously published in 1689.…

The text online in The Genuine Poetical Works of Charles Cotton…

Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Scarronides: or, Virgile travestie A mock-poem. Being the first book of Virgils Æneis in English, burlésque.
Cotton, Charles, 1630-1687., Virgil. Aeneis. Liber 1.
London: printed by E. Cotes for Henry Brome at the Gun in Ivy-lane, 1664.
Early English Books Online [full text]…

Bill  •  Link

A travesty indeed. Compare:

I sing of warfare and a man at war.
From the sea-coast of Troy in early days
He came to Italy by destiny,
To our Lavinian western shore,
A fugitive, this captain, buffeted
Cruelly on land as on the sea
Robert Fitzgerald, 1983

I sing of arms and the man, he who, exiled by fate,
first came from the coast of Troy to Italy, and to
Lavinian shores – hurled about endlessly by land and sea
A.S. Kline, 2002

I sing the man (read it who list,
A Trojan true as ever pist,)
Who from Troy-town, by Wind and Weather
To Italy (and God knows whither)
Was packt, and wrackt, and lost, and tost,
And bounc'd from Pillar unto Post
Charles Cotton, 1664

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