Other Literary Forms

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Although William Wycherley’s reputation among modern readers rests entirely on his work as a playwright, he wrote poetry as well, most of it in his later years. Twenty-eight years after his last play, he published Miscellany Poems: As Satyrs, Epistles, Love-Verses, Songs, Sonnets, Etc. (1704), a collection of unremarkable pieces on a variety of subjects. The volume has lighter verses, songs of wine and women, but to the reader of the plays, there is matter of perhaps greater interest. Certain poems suggest that the dark vision of the later dramas continued to grow in Wycherley until he despaired of any hope for humanity.