Dryden: Selected Poems

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John Dryden (1631-1700) was the dominant literary figure of his age. His reputation today rests primarily on his poetic output, but he was also a significant literary critic and dramatist. His wide-ranging poetry engages with the turbulent political, religious, and literary life of Restoration England, and also includes a magnificent series of creative translations. Dryden's influence in his lifetime and in the centuries that followed should not be underestimated and he remains one of the very greatest of the English poets.

Dryden: Selected Poems is drawn from Paul Hammond and David Hopkins's remarkable five-volume The Poems of John Dryden, and includes a generous selection of his most important work. The great satires, Mac Flecknoe and Absalom and Achitophel, are included in full, as are his religious poems Religio Laici and The Hind and the Panther, along with a number of Dryden's translations from Horace, Ovid, Homer, and Chaucer. Each poem is accompanied by a headnote, which gives full details of composition, publication, and contemporary reception. The first-rate annotations provide substantial information on matters of interpretation and give details of allusions that might otherwise prove baffling to contemporary-readers. More than 300 years after his death, Dryden: Selected Poems will enable new generations of readers to discover the poet of whom Eliot wrote: 'we cannot fully enjoy or rightly estimate a hundred years of English poetry unless we fully enjoy Dryden'.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Drydenian scholarship flourishes, and its crowning glories are the five volumes of the Poems edited by Paul Hammond and David Hopkins … [the footnotes} are a work of great editorial tact, and they not only satiate, but stimulate, one’s curiosity… The generous paperback selection is therefore particularly welcome."

Matthew Reynolds, London Review of Books, July 2007

“This is an indispensable edition, providing just the resources for fuller understanding of a great genius."

Times Literary Supplement

'These volumes are enormous achievements, full of implication for our understanding of Dryden's poetry, and wonderful examples of the art of scholarly editing."

David Womersley, Notes and Queries.

“The Editorial matter is the best we have, or are likely to have for a long time”.

Claude Rawson, Review of English Studies

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Meet the Author

Paul Hammond is Professor of English at the University of Leeds. A world-renowned expert on Dryden, he co-edited the LAEP Poems of John Dryden (5 Vols) with David Hopkins, Professor of English at the University of Bristol.

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Table of Contents

No. Title

5 Heroic Stanzas
7 Astraea
18 Annus Mirabilis
42 Mac Flecknoe
67 Absalom and Achitophel
69 The Medal
74 Religio Laici
87 To the Earl of Roscommon
89 To the Memory of Mr Oldham
96 Lucretius: Against the Fear of Death
97 Lucretius: Concerning the Nature of Love
103 Horace: Odes I ix
104 Horace: Odes III xxix
105 Horace: Epode II
111 To the Memory of Anne Killigrew
114 The Hind and the Panther
115 A Song for St Cecilia's Day
137 The Tenth Satire of Juvenal
153 To Mr Congreve
158 Alexander's Feast
165 Palamon and Arcite
168 Sigismonda and Guiscardo
169 Baucis and Philemon
171 Cinyras and Myrrha
172 The First Book of Homer's Ilias
173 The Cock and the Fox
183 The Secular Masque

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