Themes

Themes prominent among the manuscript contents are identified, using a standardized list

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Theme Description Major Theme Minor Theme
Alcohol, other beverages, tobacco

Discussion of drinking alcohol, tea, or coffee, or inhaling tobacco; drinking songs.

6 6
Animals, pets

Pets; deaths of pets; animal fables; animal speakers.

15 7
Bodily functions

Generally impolite subjects related to the physical body, such as elimination and sexual acts. 

5 2
Celebrities

Includes aristocrats, politicians, theatre figures, various artists and authors when the focus is on their personalities, behaviour, or reputations, rather than their political or artistic contributions.

21 3
Classical themes

English-language rewritings, or discussions of, stories or passages or characters from the Greek and Roman classical tradition. 

14 3
Conduct, morality

Includes behavioural advice to women, young male travellers, and other groups; also discussion of modes of life such as retirement; contemporary trends (see also Satire - social). 

35 6
Courtship, marriage

Social practices and dynamics of courtship and marriage (see also Family; Love; Satire-social).

34 5
Death, afterlife

Expressions of mourning; grief; hope or fear regarding life after death; discussions of heaven, Last Judgement.

74 8
Devotional writing, religious belief

Expressions of Christian devotion; prayers and meditations; creeds; theological arguments (see also Satire-religious).

55 6
Domestic life

Discussion of domestic activities such as cooking, dressing, washing; portraits of domestic life (see also Courtship, marriage; Family; Solitude, loneliness, retirement). 

7 4
Education

Related to educational institutions or educational experiences; schoolmasters; events at university colleges; school exercises.

15 1
Family

Includes parent-child relations and sibling relations; spousal relationships are generally included in Courtship, marriage. 

20 1
French poetry

Items in French, which may or may not be presented in translation also.

6 1
Friendship

Discussions of same-sex friendship or of friendship between members of a club or social group; generally celebratory or commemorative. 

34 3
German poetry

Items in German, which may or may not be presented in translation also. 

1 0
Greek poetry

Items in Greek, which may or may not be presented in translation also.

2 1
Historical subjects

Imaginative recreations or reponses to past events and characters.

10 1
Humour, wordplay

Jokes; whimsy; wordplay; items with a humourous punchline (see also Satire; Imitation, parody).

37 1
Illness

Prayers and reflections on illness; discussions of medical treatments (see also Death, afterlife).

4 7
Imitation, parody

Items identified as imitating the style of well-known poets or poems, often with parodic intent. 

2 3
Italian poetry

Items in Italian, which may or may not be presented in translation also.

3 0
Latin poetry

Items in Latin, which may or may not be presented in translation also.

25 3
Literature

Discussions of a particular work, or the works of a particular author or authors; includes discussions of letters, manuscript poetry books.

7 4
Local interest

Related to local events, country houses, gardens, other landmarks.

24 2
Love

Expressions of romantic feeling, love for a partner; wooing poems; love lyrics (see also Courtship, marriage). 

45 4