Advice for Poets

John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester

John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, 17th century rock star poet

If you have any interest in writing poetry, here are a few words of advice from Lord Rochester:

“To write what may securely stand the test

Of being well read over, thrice at least,

Compare each phrase, examine every line,

Weigh every word, and every thought refine,

Scorn all applause the vile rout can bestow

And be content to please those few who know.”

This is a small excerpt from An Allusion to Horace. The 10th Satire of the 1st book.

More on that later.

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