The Works of John Dryden, Volume I: Poems, 1649-1680 (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Apr 1, 1956 - Literary Criticism - 432 pages
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This volume contains the poems of Dryden extending from 1649 to 1680. Along with the poems of Dryden and associated extensive commentaries and textual notes from the editors, this volume contains the dramatic prologues and epilogues Dryden wrote for the plays of other writers from this period of time.
  

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Contents

I
xxi
II
2
III
3
To My Honored Friend Sir Robert Howard
10
IV
16
V
21
VI
32
VII
37
Prologue to Arviragus Revivd
138
XVIII
142
XIX
143
Prologue and Epilogue to the University of Oxford 1674
144
XX
145
Epilogue to The Man of Mode
147
XXI
150
Prologue at Oxford 1680 1679
153

Account of the poem
42
VIII
44
IX
47
X
48
XI
58
XII
105
XIII
108
XV
119
XVI
123
XVII
131
Prologue to Caesar Borgia
154
XXII
155
Prologue to the University of Oxford 1680
157
XXIII
158
XXIV
159
Commentary
160
XXV
162
XXVI
163
XXVII
402
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About the author (1956)

Born August 9, 1631 into a wealthy Puritan family, John Dryden received an excellent education at Westminster School and Cambridge University. After a brief period in government, he turned his attention almost entirely to writing. Dryden was one of the first English writers to make his living strictly by writing, but this meant he had to cater to popular taste. His long career was astonishingly varied, and he turned his exceptional talents to almost all literary forms. Dryden dominated the entire Restoration period as a poet, playwright, and all-round man of letters. He was the third poet laureate of England. In his old age Dryden was virtually a literary "dictator" in England, with an immense influence on eighteenth-century poetry. His verse form and his brilliant satires became models for other poets, but they could rarely equal his standard. Dryden was also a master of "occasional" poetry - verse written for a specific person or special occasion. Like most poets of his time, Dryden saw poetry as a way of expressing ideas rather than emotions, which makes his poetry seem cool and impersonal to some modern readers. Dryden also wrote numerous plays that helped him make him one of the leading figures in the Restoration theatre. Today, however he is admired more for his influence on other writers than for his own works. He died on April 30, 1700 in London.

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