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Occasional verse
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1. Concept and history

Occasional or casual poetry (German Gelegenheitsdichtung, French poésie de circonstance, Italian poesia d'occasione) is a utilitarian literary form, its purpose being to honor its addressee(s) on a particular occasion, sometimes in response to a commission from the addressee or a third party. A phenomenon of patronage, its tradition …

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Stockhorst, Stefanie, “Occasional verse”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 15 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019774>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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