This poem was a brilliant satire on contemporary manners, and enjoyed an extraordinary success.
There is some truth in the satire, but it wholly misrepresents her rupture with Chopin.
Roman satire, though in form a legitimate development of the indigenous dramatic satura through the written satura of Ennius and Pacuvius, is really a birth of this time, and its author was the youngest of those admitted into the intimacy of the Scipionic circle, C. Lucilius of Suessa Aurunca (c. 180-103).
In 1670 he had published anonymously a humorous satire entitled The Ground and Occasions of the Contempt of the Clergy enquired into in a letter to R.
These were written in their author's chosen vein of light satire, and Dryden praised them as highly effective within their own range.