from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A battle of the poets. The quotation refers to a stage quarrel between Ben Jonson and Marston, Dekker, and others at the end of the sixteenth century.


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  • The circumstances of the origin of this 'poetomachia' are far from clear, and those who have written on the topic, except of late, have not helped to make them clearer.

    Every Man in His Humor

  • 'poetomachia' or war of the theatres as recent critics have named it.

    Every Man in His Humor


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  • A contest or quarrel among poets.

    September 4, 2009