Philobiblon: A damning review for a man put on the spot

Saturday, December 03, 2005

A damning review for a man put on the spot

My 19th-century blogger Miss Williams Wynn is today less than impressed with the performance of an improvisatore. Not a term with which I was previously familiar - although the general intent is clear enough - it seems the audience gave him subjects for verses, which he had to make up on the spot. (Doesn't rap music sometimes do something similar today?)

I discovered Coleridge wrote on the subject and it may have been a particularly Italian tradition.

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