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A number of early seventeenth-century epigrammatists directly mark their conversion of the form in program poems, using the language of repentance and conversion as they adopt religious subject matter.
he reputation for scandalous subject matter dogged all users of the form in the period, and epigrammatists frequently apologize for and dismiss their own works.
While the religious epigrammatists of the time wrestled with these elements of the genre, they drew upon two main defenses: theoretical classifications of subgenres and appeal to precedent.
English epigrammatists make frequent reference to these metaphoric categories and defend their own poems by distinguishing them from other varieties.
In addition to these theoretical subdivisions of the genre, would-be epigrammatists could also invoke authoritative precedents and models as part of their defense.
29) The lack of a strong organizing principle may reflect the strong force of Martial's example, and the vast majority of seventeenth-century epigrammatists took this mixed-bag approach.
Publication offered epigrammatists another opportunity to organize or contextualize their work, but such organizing was in tension with the longstanding tradition of the epigram.
For generations epigrammatists lacking inspiration aped his manner and composed variations on his poems.
This apparent merging of poet and persona leads Gutzwiller to assert that in this group of epigrams Anyte offers a "feminine perspective on death expressed through a chorus of female voices--grieving mothers, dying daughters, and the epigrammatist herself .