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Daniel Defoe Placed in a Pillory (1703) Options
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Daniel Defoe Placed in a Pillory (1703)

Although Defoe achieved literary immortality with the novel Robinson Crusoe and is called the father of modern journalism, he also produced eloquent, witty, often audacious tracts on public affairs during his prolific writing career. After Defoe's publication of a pamphlet that ruthlessly satirized the High Church Tories, he was arrested and placed in a pillory. According to legend, what did Defoe's pillory audience throw at him instead of the customary harmful and noxious objects? More...
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Robinson Crusoe rules
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According to legend, the publication of his poem Hymn to the Pillory caused his audience at the pillory to throw flowers instead of the customary harmful and noxious objects and to drink to his health
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According to legend, the publication of his poem Hymn to the Pillory caused his audience at the pillory to throw flowers instead of the customary harmful and noxious objects and to drink to his health.
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3 days! Must be backbreaking. And how do the legs take the stress?
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We are too sissy to bear that misery. Piece of cake for our ancestor.
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Much detail of Robinson Crusoe drove me nuts, and many hopeless situations faced by Crusoe drove me crazy!
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A Hymn to the Pillory has been described as ‘a work of genius’ and ‘undoubtedly one of Defoe’s best poems’ by leading Defoe scholars. Despite this, the poem, a Pindaric ode, did not receive detailed attention until 2010 when Andreas K. E. Mueller published A Critical Study of Daniel Defoe’s Verse.
A Hymn to the Pillory is situated within three important contexts: the first is the context of the work's publication, as a statement about the justice of Defoe's sentence for publishing The Shortest Way with the Dissenters; the second is the popular form of the irregular Pindaric ode, made famous again in the seventeenth century by Abraham Cowley; and the third is Defoe's other poetic works.

Tell us, great engine, how to understand
Or reconcile the justice of this land;
How Bastwick, Prynne, Hunt, Hollingsby and Pye
Men of unspotted honesty
Men that had learning, wit and sense,
And more than most men have had since,
Could equal title to thee claim
With Oates and Fuller, men of fouler fame....

Copies of A Hymn to the Pillory were handed out to spectators, and instead of the usual rotten fruit and vegetables the only things thrown at him were flowers.It would seem that he managed to subvert, at least in a small way, the punishment that he feared, turning it to his advantage.


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