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The leading English literary figure of the latter half of the seventeenth century, John Dryden (1631-1700) wrote dramas and critical works, but his reputation stands on his mastery of verse, in particular, the heroic couplet. Encompassing political, religious, philosophic, and artistic issues, Dryden's poetry offers ample evidence of his social consciousness.

This compilation features "Annus Mirabilis," a celebration of the tumultuous events of 1666, casting the catastrophic ...

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Overview

The leading English literary figure of the latter half of the seventeenth century, John Dryden (1631-1700) wrote dramas and critical works, but his reputation stands on his mastery of verse, in particular, the heroic couplet. Encompassing political, religious, philosophic, and artistic issues, Dryden's poetry offers ample evidence of his social consciousness.

This compilation features "Annus Mirabilis," a celebration of the tumultuous events of 1666, casting the catastrophic effects of war, plague, and London's Great Fire as a providential gesture from which the nation would arise, phoenix-like, to greater heights. Other selections include Dryden's great satires "Absalom and Achitophel" and "Mac Flecknoe," along with "Songs from Mariage a la Mode," "To the Memory of Mr. Oldham," "A Song for St. Cecilia's Day," "Epigram on Milton," and "Alexander's Feast."

A rich selection of an important poet's most significant and influential verse, this compilation is a must for students and teachers of English literature as well as for poetry lovers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140439144
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/26/2002
  • Series: Classics Series
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 631,305
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

John Dryden (1631-1700) was the consummate literary professional and the most important writer of the late seventeenth century. Poet Laureate of England from 1668 to 1688, Dryden wrote with perfection in all the genres of his age-lyric and literary essay, play and polemic, elegy and confession.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction
Bibliography and Further Reading
Acknowledgements
Chronology
Upon the Death of the Lord Hastings 1
Heroic Stanzas 4
Astraea Redux 11
To His Sacred Majesty 20
To Dr. Charleton 24
Annus Mirabilis 26
Prologues, Epilogues and Songs from the Conquest of Granada 90
Macflecknoe 99
Prologue and Epilogue to All for Love 106
The Prologue at Oxford, 1680 109
The Epilogue Spoken to the King at Oxford 110
Absalom and Achitophel 111
Prologue and Epilogue to the Unhappy Favourite 142
The Medal 145
Prologues to the Duke and Duchess of York 159
Religio Laici 162
To the Earl of Roscommon 186
To the Memory of Mr. Oldham 189
From the Third Book: Against the Fear of Death 190
From the Fourth Book: Concerning the Nature of Love 198
Book 1, Ode 3 207
Book 1, Ode 9 208
Book 3, Ode 29 210
To the Pious Memory of Mrs. Anne Killigrew 214
The Hind and the Panther 220
A Song for St. Cecilia's Day, 1687 292
Lines on Milton 295
Eleonora 296
The First Satire of Juvenal 312
The Third Satire of Juvenal 321
The First Satire of Persius 337
To My Dear Friend Mr. Congreve 349
To Sir Godfrey Kneller 352
An Ode, On the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell 357
From Aeneis 1: The Tempest 359
From Aeneis 5: The Funeral Sports 360
From Aeneis 12: The Combat of Turnus and Aeneas 369
From Georgics 2: The Country 378
From Georgics 3: The Battle of the Bulls 383
From Georgics 3: The Plague 384
From Georgics 4: The Labour of the Bees 387
Alexander's Feast 391
Lines on Tonson 397
Preface 398
To the Duchess of Ormonde 420
To My Honoured Kinsman, John Driden 424
Baucis and Philemon, out of the Eighth Book of Ovid's Metamorphoses 430
The First Book of Homer's Ilias 436
The Cock and the Fox; or, the Tale of the Nun's Priest, from Chaucer 458
The Wife of Bath Her Tale 479
The Character of a Good Parson, Imitated from Chaucer and Enlarged 494
Cymon and Iphigenia, from Boccace 498
The Secular Masque 515
Notes 519
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Unnumbered lines and lack of stanza breaks

    OK ... but poor intro and lack of numbers makes this a tough book to use for academic purposes.

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