Selected Poems

Selected Poems


Editor: Steven N. Zwicker
Editor: David Bywaters

Format
Paperback
Price
$17.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140439144
  • 608 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

A new and comprehensive selection of Dryden’s poetry, revealing him as a master of theatricality, ventriloquism, and unmistakable originality. Brought together here are many of the poems from his time as Poet Laureate and loyal servant of the crown, including the Biblical allegory ‘Absalom and Achitophel’, in which the poet attacked those who intrigued against the King and earned himself a reputation for menace and a number of powerful enemies. His ‘Works of Virgil’ set the standard for the translation of Latin poetry. His last work, ‘Fables Ancient and Modern’ combined original verse and new translations, showing how he transformed the idioms and gestures of other voices and made them his own.

Table of Contents

John Dryden: Selected PoemsList of Illustrations
Introduction
Dryden’s Career
The Text

Bibliography and Further Reading
Acknowledgements
Chronology

1749 Upon the Death of the Lord Hastings

1659 Heroic Stanzas

1660 Astræa Redux

1661 To His Sacred Majesty

1662 To Dr. Charleton

1667 Annus Mirabilis

1671 Prologues, Epilogues and Songs from The Conquest of Granada

1676 Macflecknoe

1677 Prologue and Epilogue to All For Love

1680 The Prologue at Oxford, 1680

1681 The Epilogue Spoken to the King at Oxford
Absalom and Achitophel

1682 Prologue and Epilogue to The Unhappy Favourite
The Medal

Prologues to the Duke and Duchess of York
Religio Laici

1684 To the Earl of Roscommon
To the Memory of Mr. Oldham

1685 Translations from Lucretius, De Rerum Natura
From the Third Book: Against the Fear of Death
From the Fourth Book: Concerning the Nature of Love

Translations from Horace
Book 1, Ode 3
Book 1, Ode 9
Book 3, Ode 29
To the Pious Memory of Mrs. Anne Killigrew

1687 The Hind and the Panther
A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day, 1687

1688 Lines on Milton

1692 Eleonora
From The Satires of Juvenal and Persius


The First Satire of Juvenal
The Third Satire of Juvenal
The First Satire of Persius

1694 To My Dear Friend Mr. Congreve
To Sir Godfrey Kneller

1696 An Ode, On the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell

1697 From The Works of Virgil


From Æneis 1: The Tempest
From Æneis 5: The Funeral Sports
From Æneis 12: The Combat of Turnus and Æneas
From Georgics 2: The Country
From Georgics 3: The Battle of the Bulls
From Georgics 3: The Plague
From Georgics 4: The Labour of the Bees
Alexander’s Feast

1698 Lines of Tonson

1700 From Fables Ancient and Modern


Preface
To the Duchess of Ormonde
To My Hounoured Kinsman, John Driden
Baucis and Philemon, out of the Eighth Book of Ovid’s
Metamorphoses
The First Book of Homer’s
Ilias
The Cock and the Fox; or, The Tale of the Nun’s Priest, from Chaucer
The Wife of Bath Her Tale
The Character of a Good Person, Imitated from Chaucer and Enlarged
Cymon and Iphigenia, from Boccace
The Secular Masque

Notes

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