Explain the quote from Mac Flecknoe: All arguments, but most his plays persuade That for anointed dullness he was made.who says? to whom? when? where? why? what it refers to? what is it...

Explain the quote from Mac Flecknoe:

All arguments, but most his plays persuade

That for anointed dullness he was made.

who says? to whom? when? where? why? what it refers to? what is it significance? give all the realated informations.

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Dryden’s “Mac Flecknoe” is a satirical poem, attempting show that his opponents are not just wrong, but trivial and incoherent. One device he uses is to do what appears to be building up or praising in the first line of a couplet and then using a deflationary twist to deflate in the second line of the couplet (a technique used to perfection in Pope’s Dunciad and Rape of the Lock, both of which were perfected by Dryden).

These lines claim that arguments should persuade audiences of the case being argued. In this case, all they do is persuade the audience that the author is an idiot.

To write 300 words on this, you might want to do some research on 18th century argument theory, particularly the treatment of ethos in neo-Ciceronian and neo-Aristotelian texts.

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