• Absalom and Achitophel
    Political Satire: Absalom and Achitophel, Part I. It would not serve any purpose to dwell upon the general morigeration of Dryden, who, in this as in other respects, was “hurried down” the times in which he lived, to the leaders of politics and fashion, to the king’s ministers, favourit
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  • Absalom and Achitophel
    Absalom and Achitophel as a Political Satire Satire is a form of literature, the proclaimed purpose of which is the reform of human weaknesses or vices through laughter or disgust. Satire is different from scolding and sheer abuse, though it is prompted by indignation. Its...
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  • Women in Absalom and Achitophel
     Women in Absalom and Achitophel John Dryden’s Absalom and Achitophel has long been established as a manifestation of the intricate fabric of patriarchal scheme of the Restoration monarchy. Generations of critics have found it as an extremely intriguing territory, swiftly trafficking...
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  • The Life and Works of John Dryden
    The Life and Works of John Dryden John Dryden was considered the most influential man of literature in the second half of the 17th century. He was the first of the great English neo-classical poets. He was well known for his poems, drama, and criticism. He called himself Neander, the "new
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  • John Dryden
    John Dryden, an English poet and dramatist who would dominate literary efforts of The Restoration was born on August 19, 1631, in Aldwinkle, Northamptonshire, England. He received a classical education at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge, then moved to London in 1657 to begin his ca
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  • John Dryden
    John Dryden John Dryden was an influential English poet, dramatist, literary critic, playwright and translator. He is best known for his literary efforts in the Restoration period. John Dryden was born on 9 August, 1631 in Aldwinkle, Northamptonshire, England. He was the eldest of fourteen child
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  • Dryden as a Poet
    John Dryden (9 August 1631 – 1 May 1700) was an eminent English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who dominated the literary life of Restoration England to such a point that the period came to be known in literary circles as the Age of Dryden. Walter Scott called him "Glorious John
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  • Role of Dryden
    ABOUT THE LIFE OF JOHN DRYDEN JOHN DRYDEN was born at Aldwinkle, Northampton shire, in 1631. He came of a Puritan family, which had been for years very active in the political world. Dryden was sent to school at Westminster. He published some verses at the age of eighteen. In 1650 he entered Trinit
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  • Dryden as a Satairist
    Dryden as a Satirist Introduction: Dryden is one of the greatest English satirists. He is the first practitioner of classical satire which after him was to remain in vogue for about one hundred and fifty years. From the very beginning of his literary career Dryden evinced a sharp satiric bent. He tr
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  • Dryden on Satire
    The following handout is an abridged version of John Dryden’s A Discourse Concerning the Original and Progress of Satire (1693). You must read this document carefully. There has been a long dispute among the modem critics, whether the Romans derived their satire from the Grecians, or first in
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