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Lucy Hutchinson and the classicisation of scripture
Edward Paleit

interpretation of contrasting dreams which Lucretius was endeavouring to challenge. She goes on to insist that God and sometimes Satan communicate through dreams, and entirely drops the materialist reduction underpinning Lucretius’s dream discussion.63 Her satirical redeployment of Lucretius, moreover, is contained within a moralised rhetorical framework borrowed not from the De Rerum Natura, but Virgil. The passage’s opening salute to those, like Jacob, deprived of shelter but blessed by calming dreams, ‘O how are mean men, if they know it, blessed!’ (19:9), alludes clearly

in Early modern women and the poem