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Please provide a simple summary of John Dryden's poem "Alexander's Feast," and please refer to the text of the poem.

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“Alexander’s Feast,” by John Dryden, describes the celebration thrown by the great Greek warrior, Alexander the Great (son of Philip of Macedon) after Alexander had defeated the Persians in battle in 331 B.C.E.  The poem opens by referring to this victory and by describing how

The godlike here sate [that is, sat]

On his imperial throne  (4-5)

He was surrounded by his captains, who were decorated with “roses and myrtles” (7) as “The lovely Thais,” his Greek mistress, sat “by his side” (9). Repeated lines celebrate the happiness and bravery of the persons thus far depicted (12-19).

A poet and musician named Timotheus, accompanied by a choir and strumming a lyre, sings a song telling the myth of how Jove, the king of the gods, came down to earth and, disguised as a serpent, impregnated...

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