John Dryden Poetry: British Analysis - Essay

John Dryden Poetry: British Analysis

(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

To a greater degree than those of most other poets, John Dryden’s poems are based on real occasions or events, often of a public nature. His imaginative power lies not in creating original or dramatic situations but in endowing actual events with poetic and sometimes mythic significance. When one looks beyond the rich variety of his poetry, Dryden’s art is likely to impress the reader most strongly for the following: his intricate craftsmanship and style, his sense of genre, and his reliance on what he termed parallels, analogies used for both structuring and developing his poems. Craft and style are most readily revealed through analysis of selected passages from the poems, but some clarification of genre and the parallels may...

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