The Works of John Dryden, Volume VII: Poems, 1697-1700

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University of California Press, Sep 1, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 1001 pages
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Dryden's last three years of published works begin with Alexander's Feast and end with Fables, his largest miscellany of poetical translations. Alexander's Feast, like the earlier Song for St. Cecilia's Day (Works, III), was commissioned by the Musical Society for performance at its annual tribute to sacred music. The Fables included selections from Homer, Ovid, Boccaccio, and Chaucer. Extensive and detailed notes to these translations show readers how well Dryden succeeded in transmitting the styles and the very sounds of his originals. Volume VII ends with a section of miscellaneous pieces published at other times, including Dryden's only known Latin work. The presentation of the writings in this volume, like that of the entire twenty-volume series, is a tribute not only to Dryden but also to the editors who have guided it through five decades.
 

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Contents

Of the Pythagorean Philosophy From Ovids Metamorphoses Book XV
484
The Character of a Good Parson Imitated from Chaucer and Inlargd
506
The Monument of a Fair Maiden Lady Who dyd at Bath and is there Interrd
511
Cymon and Iphigenia from Boccace
513
Prologue to Julius Caesar
535
Epitaphs
537
On the Monument of the Marquis of Winchester
538
Epitaph on Sir Palmes Fairborne
539

Out of the Eighth Book of Ovids Metamorphoses
203
Sigismonda and Guiscardo from Boccace
216
Out of the Eighth Book of Ovids Metamorphoses
238
Out of the Tenth Book of Ovids Metamorphoses
244
Out of the Tenth Book of Ovids Metamorphoses
248
The First Book of Homers Ilias
260
Or The Tale of the Nuns Priest
287
Theodore and Honoria from Boccace
336
Out of the Tenth Book of Ovids Metamorphoses
349
The Flower and the Leaf Or The Lady in the Arbour A Vision
365
The Twelfth Book of Ovid his Metamorphoses Wholly Translated
406
The Speeches of Ajax and Ulysses From Ovids Metamorphoses Book XIII
432
The Wife of Bath Her Tale
451
Upon Young Mr Rogers of Glocestershire
540
Epitaph on Erasmus Lawton
541
Impromptus
542
The Fair Stranger
543
A Pastoral Elegy
544
A Song
547
Aesacus transformd into a Cormorant
548
COMMENTARY
551
TEXTUAL NOTES
937
Documents Relating to the Production of the Fables
953
Middle English Glossary
955
INDEX TO THE COMMENTARY
969
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Vinton A. Dearing, editor of the California Dryden edition, is Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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