Chandler, Wayne A.
Dr. Wayne Chandler received his Ph.D. in English Renaissance literature at the University of Alabama. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Northwest Missouri State University. He has published in several refereed journals, including Renaissance Papers 1998.2005 0-7734-6206-6
Commendatory poems are a type of praise-poetry, written by one author to accompany the work of another. The poems were printed in the same volume as the work they commend, to which the author refers to as the subject work. The majority of English Renaissance commendatory verse-which forms the majority of all such verse-has been out of print since its original publication.2003 0-7734-6770-X
Commendatory verse – poetry written by one author specifically to commend the work of another – presents a window on English Renaissance literary culture as wide and clear as any yet found, a window through which very few scholars have looked. This study examines particularly the paratextual functions of commendatory poetry and the relationship of those functions to contemporary Renaissance conceptions of authorship.