The British Plutarch, or Biographical Entertainer; Being a Select Collection of the Lives of the Most Eminent Men of Great Britain and Ireland from Th

The British Plutarch, or Biographical Entertainer; Being a Select Collection of the Lives of the Most Eminent Men of Great Britain and Ireland from Th

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1762 edition. Excerpt: ... blunder in the following lines of his News from Hell. Laureat, who was both learn'd and florid, Was damn'd long since for silence horrid; Nor had there been such clutter made, But that his silence did invade. Invade, and so it might, that's clear; But what did it invade? An ear! In 1662, . he addressed a poem to the lordchancellor Hyde, presented on New Year's Day; and, the fame year, published a fatire on the Dutch. His next piece was his Annus Mirabilis, or, The Year of Wonders, 166 3; an historical poem, which celebrated the duke of York's victory over the Dutch. In the fame year, Mr. Dryden succeeded Sir William Davenant as poet-laureat, and was also made historiographer to his majesty; and that year published his Essay on Dramatic Poetry, addressed to Charles earl of Dorset and-Middlesex. Mr. Dryden tells his patron, that the writing this essay served as an amusement to him in the country, when he was driven from town by B 2 the the violence of the plague, which then raged in London; and he diverted himself with thinking on the theatres, as I.-ivcrs do by ruminating on their absent mistresses. He there justisies the method of writing plays in verse, but consesses that he had quitted the practice, because he found it troublesome and flow. In the preface we are informed, that the drift of this discourse was to vindicate the honour of the English writers from the censuie of those who unjustly preser the French to-them, Langbaine has injuriously treated Mr. Dryden on account of his dramatic performances, and charges him as a licentious plagiary. The truth is, our author, as a dramatist, is left eminent than in any other sphere of poetry but, with all his faults, he is, even in that respect, the most eminent of his time The critics have remarked, .show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123661108X
  • 9781236611086