The Poems of John Dryden: Volume Five

The Poems of John Dryden: Volume Five : 1697-1700

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This volume completes the five-volume Longman Annotated Poets Edition of the poems of John Dryden, the major poet of Restoration England. It provides a modernized text along with full explanatory annotation. The poems include Dryden's spirited translation from Ovid, Homer, Chaucer, and Boccaccio.

This volume presents, in newly-edited texts and with a substantial editorial commentary, the complete non-dramatic poetry of John Dryden's later years. It contains the full text of Dryden's final collection, Fables Ancient and Modern, including its prose Dedication and Preface, together with a number of other poems of the late 1690s, and some posthumously published items.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 744 pages
  • 152.4 x 222.5 x 44.45mm | 454g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Revised ed.
  • Illustrations ports.
  • 0582492149
  • 9780582492141

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The Poems of John Dryden is a multi-volume edition of the poetry of John Dryden (1631-1700) resulting from a complete reappraisal of the canon, the text, and the context of his work. The modernised text is prepared from a fresh examination of early printed editions, and takes account of contemporary manuscript copies of Dryden's verse. The annotation is particularly substantial for the most important poems and a headnote accompanies each one, giving details of its date, circumstances, publication history, sources and contemporary reception.

Volumes one and two (published in 1995) included his major satires "Mac Flecknoe," "Absalom and Achitophel," and "The Medal"; volume three (2000) contained "The Hind""and the Panther," and volume four (2000) his translations from "Juvenal and Persius."

This fifth and final volume in the series presents, in newly-edited texts and with a substantial editorial commentary, the complete non-dramatic poetry of Dryden's later years. It contains the full text of Dryden's final collection, "Fables Ancient and Modern" (1700), including its prose Dedication and Preface, together with a number of other poems of the late 1690s, and some posthumously published items. The volume includes Dryden's translations of tales from Homer, Ovid, Chaucer, and Boccaccio. Texts are presented in modernized spelling and punctuation. Annotation offers comprehensive guidance on Dryden's language, and on the sources, contexts and reception of his work. The notes on Dryden's translations trace the poems' relation to their classical and medieval originals, and to the numerous commentaries and earlier translations which Dryden consulted.

The volume incorporates the findings of recent scholarship, together with substantial original research by the editors themselves. It thus represents the most informative, focused, and up-to-date presentation of Dryden's later poetry now available, and should become the standard resource for all serious students of the poet and his period.
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Table of contents


List of Illustrations

Chronological Table of Dryden's Life and Publications Abbreviations



Alexander's Feast

To Mr Granville

To Peter Motteux

Lines on Tonson

The Monument of a Fair Maiden Lady

Fables Ancient and Modern

Dedication and Preface to Fables Ancient and Modern

To the Duchess of Ormonde

Palamon and Arcite (from Chaucer's The Knight's Tale)

To John Driden of Chesterton Meleager and Atalanta (from Ovid's Metamorphoses VIII)

Sigismonda and Guiscardo (from Boccaccio's Decameron)

Baucis and Philemon (from Ovid's Metamorphoses VIII)

Pygmalion and the Statue (from Ovid's Metamorphoses X)

Cinyras and Myrrha (from Ovid's Metamorphoses X)

The First Book of Homer's Ilias

The Cock and the Fox (from Chaucer's The Nun's Priest's Tale)

Theodore and Honoria (from Boccaccio's Decameron)

Ceyx and Alcione (from Ovid's Metamorphoses XI)

The Flower and the Leaf (from the poem attributed to Chaucer)

The Twelfth Book of Ovid his Metamorphoses

The Speeches of Ajax and Ulysses (from Ovid's Metamorphoses XIII)

The Wife of Bath her Tale (from Chaucer)

Of the Pythagorean Philosophy (from Ovid's Metamorphoses XV)

The Character of a Good Parson (from Chaucer)

Cymon and Iphigenia (from Boccaccio's Decameron)

[End of Fables Ancient and Modern]

Posthumously Printed Work

Prologue, Epilogue, Song and Secular Masque from The Pilgrim

On the Death of Amyntas

Ovid's Amours, Book I Elegy I

Ovid's Amours, Book I Elegy IV

On the Death of a Very Young Gentleman

Upon Young Mr Rogers of Gloucestershire

Song ('Fair, sweet and young, receive a prize')

Ovid's Art of Love, Book I

Epitaph on Mrs Margaret Paston

Aesacus Transformed into a Cormorant (from Ovid's Metamorphoses XI)

Lines to Mrs Creed

Epitaph on Erasmus Lawton

Appendix A. Contents of Fables Ancient and Modern

Appendix B. Index of Poems Excluded from this Edition

Index of Titles in Volume V

Index of First Lines in Volume V

Cumulative Index of Titles for Volumes I-V

Cumulative Index of First Lines for Volumes I-V
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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."

Matthew Reynolds, London Review of Books, July 2007
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About Paul Hammond

Paul Hammond is Professor of Seventeenth-Century English Literature at the University of Leeds, and a Fellow of the British Academy. His previous books include John Oldham and the Renewal of Classical Culture (1983), John Dryden: A Literary Life (1991), Love between Men in English Literature (1996), Dryden and the Traces of Classical Rome (1999), Restoration Literature: An Anthology (2003) and Figuring Sex between Men from Shakespeare to Rochester (2003). He has co-edited John Dryden: Tercentenary Essays (2000) with David Hopkins and Shakespeare and Renaissance Europe (2004) with Andrew Hadfield. He is General Editor of the Longman Annotated English Poets and of the Arden Critical Companions to Shakespeare.

David Hopkins is Professor of English Literature at the University of Bristol. His main interests are in the English poetry of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, in the English translation and reception of classical literature, and in poets' writings about their art. His publications (some of them collaborative) include two books on John Dryden, student selections from Dryden, Cowley, Homer, and Ovid, an edited collection of essays on the English afterlife of the Roman poet Horace, and an anthology of poets' writings about their peers.
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