commendatory verse

What is commendatory verse?

commendatory verse meaning in Information Science terminology / glossary / dictionary is:

A poem in praise of an author and his work, written by another author. In the 16th century, publishers began printing such verses in the same volume as the commended work, for example, two poems by Ben Jonson were include in the First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays (1623). Click here to see examples printed in 17th-century editions of English plays (Columbia Rare Book & Manuscript Library). More examples can be found in An Anthology of Commendatory Verse from the English Renaissance edited by Wayne Chandler (Edwin Mellen: 2005).


reference: ABC-CLIO