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Mac Flecknoe

John Dryden’s poem “Mac Flecknoe” can be discussed as an example of personal satire because Dryden is mocking a personal nemesis—the poet and playwright Thomas Shadwell—and lambasting worldly...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2021 4:08 pm UTC

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Mac Flecknoe

John Dryden's mock-epic Mac Flecknoe opens with the following lines: All human things are subject to decay, And, when Fate summons, monarchs must obey: This Flecknoe found, who, like Augustus,...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2021 10:54 am UTC

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Mac Flecknoe

Dryden's "Mac Flecknoe" is a satire on Dryden's contemporary and rival, the poet Thomas Shadwell. It is subtitled "A satire upon the True-Blue Protestant Poet, T.S." The poem is a prototype of the...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2018 4:12 am UTC

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Mac Flecknoe

Dryden was the greatest master of his time in the art of the mock-heroic poem. These follow the form of classical heroic poems written by early masters, specifically by Homer as Illiad and...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2011 1:55 pm UTC

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Mac Flecknoe

Dryden writes that Shadwell is "thoughtless as monarch oaks, that shade the plain, / And, spread in solemn state, supinely reign." Firstly, he means by this simile that Shadwell is unthinking and...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2019 6:04 pm UTC

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Mac Flecknoe

John Dryden’s poem Mac Flecknoe is widely considered one of the most successful satires in the history of English poetry, and there seems little reason to dispute this view of the work. Dryden...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2011 4:15 am UTC

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Mac Flecknoe

In “Mac Flecknoe,” John Dryden uses many literary devices. These include simile, metaphor, and allusion. As he is satirizing mediocre poetry, especially that of the poet Shadwell, he loads the poem...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2021 7:30 pm UTC

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Mac Flecknoe

Dryden's intention in the mock-heroic satire Mac Flecknoe; or, A satyr upon the True-Blew-Protestant Poet, T.S. is to satirize and criticize the work of fellow poet, Thomas Shadwell. They had been...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2010 2:55 am UTC

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Mac Flecknoe

A mock-heroic poem uses the formal elements which characterise the epic genre (heightened poetic diction, elaborated and lengthy similies, archaic words) to depict a trivial situation. It thus...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2011 7:44 pm UTC

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Mac Flecknoe

Some people will consider that one of the funniest passages in John Dryden’s poem Mac Flecknoe is the passage in which Richard Flecknoe chooses Thomas Shadwell as his successor as most idiotic of...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2011 2:53 am UTC

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Mac Flecknoe

In “Mac Flecknoe,” John Dryden’s writing style is ostensibly commanding and grand. On the surface, his subjects are worldly and royal. He’s dealing with topics like power and government. The lofty...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2021 5:27 pm UTC

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Mac Flecknoe

As MacFlecknoe is a mock-heroic epic, it's written in a style similar to that of the epics of ancient Rome and Greece. The difference, however, is that here there's considerably more "mock," and...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2018 7:41 am UTC

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