Dryden: Selected Poems

Dryden: Selected Poems

Paperback Longman Annotated English Poets

By (author) Paul Hammond, By (author) David Hopkins

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  • Publisher: LONGMAN
  • Format: Paperback | 888 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 50mm | 1,080g
  • Publication date: 4 April 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1405835451
  • ISBN 13: 9781405835459
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: port.
  • Sales rank: 803,086

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Dryden: Selected Poems is drawn from Paul Hammond and David Hopkins's remarkable five-volume The Poems of John Dryden, and includes a generous selection of his most important work. The great satires, MacFlecknoe and Absalom and Achitophel, are included in full, as are his religious poemsReligio Laici and The Hind and the Panther, along with a number of Dryden's translations from Horace, Ovid, Homer, and Chaucer. Each poem is accompanied by a headnote, which gives details of composition, publication, and reception. The first-rate annotations provide information on matters of interpretation and give details of allusions that might prove baffling to contemporary readers. Some 300 years after his death, Dryden: Selected Poems will enable new generations of readers to discover the poet of whom Eliot wrote: 'we cannot fully enjoy or rightly estimate a hundred years of English poetry unless we fully enjoy Dryden'.

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Paul Hammond is Professor of English at the University of Leeds. A world-renowned expert on Dryden, he co-edited the LAEP Poems of John Dryden (5 Vols) with David Hopkins, Professor of English at the University of Bristol.

Review quote

"Drydenian scholarship flourishes, and its crowning glories are the five volumes of the Poems edited by Paul Hammond and David Hopkins ... [the footnotes} are a work of great editorial tact, and they not only satiate, but stimulate, one's curiosity... The generous paperback selection is therefore particularly welcome." Matthew Reynolds, London Review of Books, July 2007 "This is an indispensable edition, providing just the resources for fuller understanding of a great genius." Times Literary Supplement 'These volumes are enormous achievements, full of implication for our understanding of Dryden's poetry, and wonderful examples of the art of scholarly editing." David Womersley, Notes and Queries. "The Editorial matter is the best we have, or are likely to have for a long time". Claude Rawson, Review of English Studies

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John Dryden (1631-1700) was the dominant literary figure of his age. His reputation today rests primarily on his poetic output, but he was also a significant literary critic and dramatist. His wide-ranging poetry engages with the turbulent political, religious, and literary life of Restoration England, and also includes a magnificent series of creative translations. " "Dryden's influence in his lifetime and in the centuries that followed should not be underestimated and he remains one of the very greatest of the English poets."Dryden: Selected Poems "is drawn from Paul Hammond and David Hopkins's remarkable five-volume "The Poems of John Dryden"," "and includes a generous selection of his most important work. The great satires, "MacFlecknoe "and "Absalom and Achitophel," are included in full, as are his religious poems "Religio Laici" and "The Hind and the Panther," along with a number of Dryden's translations from Horace, Ovid, Homer, and Chaucer. Each poem is accompanied by a headnote, which gives details of composition, publication, and reception. The first-rate annotations provide information on matters of interpretation and give details of allusions that might prove baffling to contemporary readers. Some 300 years after his death, "Dryden: Selected Poems "will enable new generations of readers to discover the poet of whom Eliot wrote: 'we cannot fully enjoy or rightly estimate a hundred years of English poetry unless we fully enjoy Dryden'.Paul Hammond FBA is Professor of Seventeenth-Century English Literature at the University of Leeds. He has published widely on Dryden and other Restoration poets and is the author of, most recently, "The Making of Restoration Poetry" (2006). David Hopkins is Professor of English Literature at the University of Bristol, and author of several studies of Dryden; he recently co-edited volume 3 (1660-1790) of "The Oxford History of Literary Translation in English" (2005).

Table of contents

No.    Title     5 Heroic Stanzas 7 Astraea 18   Annus Mirabilis 42   Mac Flecknoe 67   Absalom and Achitophel   69   The Medal   74   Religio Laici   87   To the Earl of Roscommon 89   To the Memory of Mr Oldham    96   Lucretius: Against the Fear of Death   97   Lucretius: Concerning the Nature of Love 103    Horace: Odes I ix    104    Horace: Odes III xxix 105    Horace: Epode II    111    To the Memory of Anne Killigrew    114    The Hind and the Panther   115    A Song for St Cecilia's Day    137    The Tenth Satire of Juvenal 153    To Mr Congreve 158    Alexander's Feast    165    Palamon and Arcite 168    Sigismonda and Guiscardo 169    Baucis and Philemon 171    Cinyras and Myrrha    172    The First Book of Homer's Ilias 173    The Cock and the Fox   183    The Secular Masque