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By Elena Farnsworth and Seth Carter.   Born: 1 April 1647  Died: 26 July 1680 at age 33  Probably from syphilis  Known for  Precociousness  Satiric.

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1 By Elena Farnsworth and Seth Carter

2   Born: 1 April 1647  Died: 26 July 1680 at age 33  Probably from syphilis  Known for  Precociousness  Satiric wit  Rakish lifestyle  Hedonistic and Libertine Ideals John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester

3   Rochester wrote the “Satire” to demonstrate the superiority of the libertine as an individual and the flaws of “wrong” reasoning of his society. Thesis

4   Hedonism  The doctrine that pleasure or happiness is the sole or chief good in life  Libertinism  The quality or state of being a person who is unrestrained by convention or morality  Rochester was known as a notable adherent to this philosophy Hedonists and Libertines

5   What are some other examples of Libertinism or Hedonism in literature? Libertinism and Hedonism in Classic Literature

6   Who is the “I” in this poem?  Rochester?  An individual libertine?  Libertines in general?  “Thus, whilst against false reasoning I inveigh, I own right reason, which I would obey.”  “Your reason hinders, mine helps to enjoy, renewing appetites yours would destroy.”  “This plain distinction, Sir, your doubt secures, ‘Tis not true reason I despise, but yours” Discussion

7   According to Rochester, why are instincts more exalted than reason?  “Reason, which fifty times for one does err.”  “His wisdom did his happiness destroy, Aiming to know that world he should enjoy; and wit was his vain frivolous pretence of pleasing others at his own expense.”  “Those creatures are the wisest who attain by surest means, the ends at which they aim.” Discussion (continued)

8   What were some complaints Rochester had against mankind?  “The senses are too gross, and he’ll contrive a sixth to contradict the other five.”  “Thus I think reason righted, but for man, I’ll ne’er recant, defend him if you can.”  “Leading a tedious life in misery under laborious mean hypocrisy.”  “That lust of power to which he’s such a slave, and for the which alone he dares be brave.”  What do you think this last couplet means?  “If such there be, yet grant me this at least, man differs more from man, than man from beast.” Discussion (continued)


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