The Edinburgh Review Volume 101-102

The Edinburgh Review Volume 101-102

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...the regicides--the poet debarred at once of society and the sight of external nature--thc philosopher enduring the trials of 'evil days' with magnanimity and resolution--had few thoughts in commoniwith the flatterer of the court, the genius of the stage, and the dependent on the aristocracy. Vith Butler, Dryden was at enmity; and Swift, probably aware that he held his sacerdotal dignity on a somewhat precarious tenure, never forgave the Laureate's satires on the clergy, and his criticism of some juvenile-verses. But with Cowley, Denham, Waller, Davenant, and some others, he lived on terms of friendshi. The heroic poetry of Dryden has its chief value as an illustration of gradual and suc _ ccssive improvements in metre and diction. In this point of view, indeed, the progress.of Dryden in some degree corresponds to the progress of versification. The diction. of the heroic couplet had improved, it is true, during the preceding age; but the earliest versification of Dryden is as superior to that of Fairfax and Sandys as the versification of Fairfax and Sandys is superior to that of Chaucer. The writers intervening between the Plantagenets and the Stuarts generally advanced less in material excellence than they retrograded in intellectual power, from the great Romanticist of the fourteenth century. ln his heroic verse, Dryden has employed two metres, the couplet and the quatrain stanza. The ' Death of Cromwell, ' and the 'Annus Mirabilis, ' are instances of the latter. The 'Annus' is of considerable merit, although we have scarcely another poem framed upon its model. These poems and a few plays were all that Dryden had accomplished at the age of thirty-six. But thirty-six years comprehended...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 830g
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236926390
  • 9781236926395