Guilpin and the Godly Satyre

Cathcart, Charles (2011). Guilpin and the Godly Satyre. The Review of English Studies, 62(253) pp. 64–79.



Guilpin’s place in the literary activity of the late 1590s and early 1600s emerges largely through the perspective of his peers. This article reviews Guilpin’s known interactions with his fellow writers, seeks to identify and to explore new aspects of his literary relationships, and claims a special significance for his polemic poem The Whipper of the Satyre His Penance in a White Sheet. This poem is an answer to John Weever’s attack upon Guilpin himself, upon Ben Jonson, and upon John Marston. In defending Marston, Guilpin offers a sustained assertion of the redemptive power of satiric writing. The article closes by asking whether contemporary critical assumptions cause difficulties for present day commentators as they assess Guilpin’s poem.

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