Dryden and the Traces of Classical Rome

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This book examines the ways in which Dryden uses Latin in his poetry and his critical writing, first through quotation and allusion, and second through formal translation. In following the varied traces of Rome in the texture of Dryden's writing, and by emphasizing his continual engagement with mutability and metamorphosis, this book argues the case for Dryden as a thoughtful, humanistic poet.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198184119
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Pages: 324
  • Lexile: 1490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
A Note on Texts and Abbreviations
Limen 1
Pt. I Quotation
1 Latin and the English Writer 25
The Text as a World of Traces 25
The Place of Latin in Dryden's Culture 34
English Writers as Heirs to the Roman Heritage 43
Roman Allusions and the Authorial Persona 52
2 Rome and the English Nation 69
Roman Motifs in the Heroique Stanza's on Cromwell 70
The Quasi-Augustan Moment of Astroea Redux 84
The Collocation of London, Rome, and Troy in Annus Mirabilis 92
Latin Precedents for Contemporary Politics in Absalom and Achitophel 105
Rome and the Renewal of Time in Britannia Rediviva 117
Joining Classical and Catholic Rome in The Hind and the Panther 126
The Poet and his Penates 138
Pt. II Translation
3 Mutability and Metamorphosis 143
Dryden's Theory and Practice of Translation 143
From the Aeneid: Mourning the Deaths of Young Men 150
From Lucretius: Imagining a Self in a Universe of Random Motion 156
From Horace: Embracing the Present, Spurning Fortune 171
From Juvenal: Living in the Post-Revolutionary World 179
From the Georgics: Knowing the Ground of True Happiness 192
From Ovid: The Uncanny Place of Mankind in the Universe 207
4 The Epic of Exile 218
Reading the Politics of Virgil's Aeneid and Dryden's Aeneis 218
The Fall of Troy and the Condition of Exile 229
Forms of Order and Forces of Chaos 240
Dreams of Return and Restoration 249
Pietas against Fortuna 261
Aeneas in the Underworld: Between Past and Future 271
Theoxeny 283
Bibliography 286
Index 299
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