The Major Works

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Oxford University Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 967 pages
This authoritative edition was originally published in the acclaimed Oxford Authors series under the general editorship of Frank Kermode. It brings together a unique combination of Dryden's poetry and prose - all the major poems in full, literary criticism, and translations - to give theessence of his work and thinking.John Dryden (1631-1700) was the leading writer of his day and a major cultural spokesman following the restoration of Charles II in 1660. His work includes political poems, satire, religious apologias, translations, critical essays and plays. This anthology includes all the major poems such asMacFlecknoe and Absalom and Achitophel as well as Dryden's classical translations; his versions of Homer, Horace, and Ovid are reproduced in full. There are also substantial selections from Dryden's Virgil, Juvenal, and other classical writers. Fables, Ancient and Modern, taken from Chaucer, Ovid,Boccaccio, and Homer, his last and possibly greatest work, also appears in full.
 

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Contents

To John Hoddesdon on his Divine Epigrams i
1
To Sir Robert Howard
7
To His Sacred Majesty
17
Annus Mirabilis
23
An Etsay of Dramatic Poesy
70
Prologues to Secret Love
130
Prologue to The First Part of The Conquest of Granada
137
Heads of an Answer to Rymer
148
The Twentyninth Ode of the Third Book of Horace
302
To Henry Higden
315
The Sixth Satire of Juvenal
336
The Tenth Satire of Juvenal
359
The First Satire of Persius
373
Ovids Amours Book I Elegy 1
410
The Fable of Iphis and lamhe
434
A Song to a Fair Young Lady
446

Prologue to Oedipus
154
Clan ace to Ma ca reus
165
Prologue to The Spanish Friar
174
From the Second Part of Ahsalom and Achitophel
204
Prologue to the Duchess on her Return from Scotland
217
Ovids Elegies Book II The Nineteenth Elegy
239
Translations from Lucretius
271
Daphnis 201
291
An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell
461
Postscript to the Reader appended to the Aeneid
541
Palamon and Arcite
575
The Secular Masque
854
Notes
861
Further Reading
947
Index of Titles and First Lines
961
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Keith Walker has edited editions of the poems of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, and Andrew Marvell.

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