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John Dryden : British and Irish Authors - David Hopkins

John Dryden

British and Irish Authors

Paperback

Published: 2nd June 1986
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Dryden has sometimes been regarded as a writer narrowly of his period, a Restoration satirist whose work is largely concerned with the personalities, debates, and tastes of his own age. In this study David Hopkins shows him to be both a man of his time and a writer for all times - a great philosophical poet, the author of penetrating and exhilarating verse of general and permanent interest about love, the natural world, and the laws of human life. Dr Hopkins also analyses the personal, commercial, political, literary, and religious influences on his writing, and discusses in detail his major poetry, prose, and drama - paying special attention to the often neglected verse translations of his old age. With its emphasis on Dryden as a poet - as opposed simply to topical commentator or controversialist - the book will prove an ideal introduction for students of his work.

Preface
Introduction
Dryden's verse
Disappointment and promise: Dryden's early career
Poems of controversy: Mac Flecknoe and Absalom and Achitophel
New directions: religion and translation in the 1680s
'Studying Nature's Laws': the Juvenal and Virgil
An improving writer to his last': the Fables
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521313797
ISBN-10: 0521313791
Series: British and Irish Authors
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 2nd June 1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.3