More About this Poet. Gay, John — Visit Home Events Exhibitions Library. Gay, John b Barnstaple, ; d London, Although he had a gentler tone than some of his contemporaries, Gay satirized the government and society of his day.
His rural background is especially evident in The Shepherd's Weeka pastoral farce that mocks the native pastoral as practiced by Ambrose Philips and criticized by Pope.
Here are more satirical works by other authors:. Andrew Dickson charts the growth of 18th-century theatre, looking at the new venues, stage technology, audiences, playwrights and great actors of the age. Dramatic literature, the texts of plays that can be read, as distinct from being seen and heard in performance. Unlike Swift and Pope, however, Gay was a man of the theater whose main talent was his ability to unite words and music.
Inin his late twenties, Gay was a secretary to the Duchess of Monmouth.