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    John Dryden

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    Research Essay on John Dryden 	 John Dryden was born on an unsure date in 1631 in Aldwinkle, Northamptonshire. He was born the oldest of 14 children in a landed family of modest means. His parents sided with the Parliament against he King. There is some question to whether or not he was raised in a strict Puritan environment. His father was a country gentleman of moderate fortune. He was given the opportunity by his father to be educated at Westminster School and at the University of Cambridge

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    John Dryden was born on August 9, 1631 in the Vicarage of Aldwinkle All Saints in Northamptonshire, England (DISCovering Authors 1). He was a cute, young boy who was described as “short, stout, and red-faced” (Britannica 8). His father was a countryman, and both his parents were very fond of Parliament siding with the Parliament Party against the King (Britannica 1). He was eleven years old when the war broke out between the royalist forces and the revolutionary forces, and that is when his life

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    John Dryden

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    Abridged). Dryden wrote this essay as a dramatic dialogue with four characters representing four critical positions. The four critical positions are ancients verses moderns, unities, French verses English drama, separation of tragedy and comedy verses tragicomedy and appropriateness of rhyme in drama (Brysons). Neander is in favor of the moderns but he respects the ancients, he also favors English drama while having critical views towards French drama. In “An Essay of Dramatic Poesy” Dryden used character

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    The Age of Dryden

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    In the history of English literature the period dating from 1660 to 1700 is called the Age of Dryden. Also called the Restoration Period, this was an era of change in political and social as well as in literary fields. In politics the period saw the reign of three rulers, two dynasties and a revolution. The social life of this period was influenced much by the French manners. The life of the people of England was greatly affected by the Great Plague of 1665 and the Great Fire of 1666. The city

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    The Restoration period is also known as the Age of Dryden, because Dryden was the dominating and most representative literary figure of the Age. During the restoration, King Charles II was restored to the throne, which marked the beginning of a new epoch in English literature. The Restoration of King Charles II brought about a revolutionary change in life and literature. During this period gravity, moral earnestness and decorum in all things, which distinguished the Puritan period, were forgotten;

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    18th Century Literature

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    three main parts: the Restoration, the Age of Pope, and Pre-Romantics. The literature of the Restoration period covers a time span from Charles's recovery of the throne to the years until the expulsion of James II in 1688 or until the death of John Dryden in 1700. The literature of the Restoration was characterized by wit and elegance influenced by French classical taste. This period pertained to traditional values and "wit". The Diary of Samuel Pepys written by Samuel Pepys and A Journel of the

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    In Act III, Scene II, lines 1-167 of playwright John Dryden’s Marriage A-la-Mode (1673), Dryden reveals the true strength and wit of his character Doralice through juxtaposition of Doralice with the character Palamede in circumstances that put their strength and wit to the test. Palamede, an engaged man, had arranged to have a tryst with Doralice, a woman married to his old friend Rhodophil. The two met in a secluded grotto under the rouse of prayer. Thinking no one would come to this grotto,

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    A Complete Cleopatra

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    names. Throughout history numerous authors have sought to depict her character and their differing opinions have made her name one which resounds in very different ways. The Roman historian Plutarch created Cleopatra the political manipulator; John Dryden illustrated Cleopatra the ultimate sexual woman; George Bernard Shaw offered Cleopatra the uneducated impetuous young child-queen; and, Geoffrey Chaucer wrote of Cleopatra the martyr of love. The character of Cleopatra presented by Shakespeare is

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    As England’s Poet Laureate, John Dryden was expected to appeal to the current monarch’s best interest, and the steadiness of the Stuart dynasty was of utmost importance during the close of the 17th century. An overt propagandist for King Charles II, Dryden writes a disclaimer for his readers and acknowledges that, “he who draws his pen for one party must expect to make enemies of the other” (Damrosch 2077). The threat of instability within the institution of the British Crown became a pressing

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    Wordsworth, Pope and Dryden William Wordsworth’s “Preface to Lyrical Ballads” is from the Romantic Period of British literature, while Alexander Pope’s “The Rape of the Lock” and John Dryden’s “Mac Flecknoe” are both from the Neoclassical Period; “The Rape of the Lock” is from the Augustan Age, while “Mac Flecknoe” is from the Restoration (“Literary”). Despite these discrepancies in the time periods that their respective works were produced, however, Wordsworth, Pope, and Dryden express similar

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