very sensibly of the trap into whichnmodern poets have fallen. Nonetheless,nSteele remains optimistic: "Whoncould have predicted in 1560 thatnShakespeare would be born? Whoncould have anticipated, at that rathernundistinguished point in English literarynhistory, the extraordinary work thatnhe and contemporaries like Jonson andnDonne would be producing before thencentury was out?"nOne . . .
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