ABSALOM AND ACHITOPHEL BY JOHN DRYDEN PDF
Absalom and Achitophel, verse satire by English poet John Dryden published in The poem, which is written in heroic couplets, is about the Exclusion crisis . Absalom and Achitophel study guide contains a biography of John Dryden, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a. John Dryden, Poetry, Prose, and Plays, ed. Douglas Grant (Reynard Library edition: Hart-Davis, ). PR G7 ROBA. The base text is the second .
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Absalom and Achitophel by John Dryden
I am nowhere near sufficiently well read in poetry to use the term “neglected classic” here, but I am surprised at how low Dryden’s stock seems to be valued on Goodreads and among critics in general.
In fact it seems so out of proportion to the obvious quality of this work that I’ve come up with a theory here: When Dryden was writing, poetry seems to have been used in a very different way than it is today, with satire and political commentary and witty epigrams being the emphasis, whereas modern I am nowhere near sufficiently well read in poetry to use the term “neglected classic” here, but I am surprised at how low Dryden’s stock seems to be valued on Goodreads and among critics in general.
When Dryden was writing, poetry seems to have been used in a very different way than it is today, with satire and political commentary and witty epigrams being the emphasis, whereas modern poetry, to paint with too broad a brush to be sure, is much more about internal emotional states or depictions of the natural world.
Dryden is going for something entirely different here, with insightful comments on political theories and historical drifts: They led their wild desires to woods and caves, And thought that all but savages were slaves. And David’s mildness managed it so well, The bad found no occasion to rebel.
But when to sin our biased nature leans The careful devil is still at hands with means. No wandering lonely as a cloud down the path less traveled while glorying in god for dappled things and singing a song to himself for this poet. Augustan poets were ironic and looking for pithy insights into great events and human nature. Plots, true or false, are necessary things, To raise up commonwealths and ruin kings.
The particular event being chronicled is ostensibly King David of Israel dealing with the rebellion of his illegitimate but much loved son Absalom who has been lead astray by the sith-lord advisor Achitophel. However what it’s actually about is Charles II, the king of England at the time and his son the Duke of Monmouth who had been similarly lead astray by the Earl of Shaftesbury. Yes, you will need an edition with good footnotes.
Achitophel is brilliant and mad with ambition: Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide.
He is full of plots within plots and incredibly cunning and persuasive. Wouldn’t you be tempted into overambitious reaching if someone told you this?: Swift unbespoken pomps thy steps proclaim, And stammering babes are taught to lisp thy name.
How long wilt thou the general joy detain, Starve and defraud the people of thy reign; Believe me, royal youth, thy fruit must be Or gathered ripe, or rot upon the tree. But Achitophel is playing a game of his own. That kingly power, thus ebbing out, might be Drawn to the dregs of democracy.
Keep in mind that this is all taking place only a few decades after the English Civil war when Charles I the father of Charles II had been executed by Oliver Cromwell and the roundheads and while the monarchy had subsequently been restored, there were those who for reasons of either political theory or religion or just general discontent were unhappy with the current state of things.
Dryden however, despite flirting with democratic sentiments as a young man is now a firm monarchist. Through allegory, satire and wit Dryden captures the ideas and controversies of the time in this epic poem and really puts you in the whirl of conflicting passions and ideologies of post-Restoration England.
So why is it so unappreciated?! Here comes that aforementioned theory. People who self-select as “liking poetry” in the modern context are as a general rule looking for something quite different than what Dryden is offering. Poetry changed entirely with the Romantics a la Keats and Byron and that’s the school modern poetry readers are in or closer to. So who achutophel like this poem? And these are not the sort who will typically pick up a really long poem to read.
Which is too bad, dryedn they are really the ones who would enjoy this the most! May joh, Lesliemae rated it it was ok. Let’s give credit where credit is due on drydsn one – sure it is a political allegory that suits Restoration “popish plots” and exclusion claims on the succession of the Royal Monarchy, but it’s still pretty intriguing.
Just using the word popish Yet ask yourself this, would you be interested in an intriguing expose of Tony Blair trying to convince Kate Middleton, newly converted to Scientology, that she should usurp the throne and become the next queen if you saw it in Hell Let’s give credit where credit is due on this one – sure it is a political allegory that suits Restoration “popish plots” and exclusion claims on the succession of the Royal Monarchy, but it’s still pretty intriguing.
Yet ask yourself this, would you be interested in an intriguing expose of Tony Blair trying to convince Kate Middleton, newly converted to Scientology, that she should usurp the throne and become the next queen if you saw it in Hello magazine on the checkout stand at the grocery store? I think it might have just enough, “wtf” to make people interested.
Give it a read, just for kicks and think about how that monarchical succession still exists in England, and what it might have been like when the parliament had little control over matters.
Absalom and Achitophel by John Dryden
I think the people hanging around the Restoration were taken with Dryden and his topical poetry. Aug 19, Nidhi Mahajan rated it liked it Shelves: Definitely enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.
The poem explores Restoration politics through Biblical allusions knowledge of both is a precursor to put the poem in context. If you’re planning to acjitophel Dryden out of interest or bg classI recommend that you read Mac Flecknoe first. I found Mac Fleknoe to be more accessible than Absalom and Achitophel, though the latter seems to be more representative of Dryden as a poet and satirist.
Brilliant political allegory, witty satire laced with biblical imagery, some manipulated some authentic, but one surely drydeen to read it twice to fully ajd it.
Political upheaval of the time gave Dryden a chance to display his literary talent. After this stoke of genius nobody remembers him as a dramatist, but only as a man of verses! Nov 18, Charles rated it really liked it Shelves: However, I was shocked by all these predominantly negative reviews.
This is a classic for crying out loud, one of Dryden’s masterpieces and one of the most relevant and controversial works of the poetry of eighteenth century poetry in England.
The historical implications are astronomical, drydsn biblical allusions merely a disgu Admittedly. The historical implications are astronomical, its biblical allusions merely a disguise for its bold political statements. In many ways it was prophetic, in many others revolutionary. This, I believe, could only sbsalom been achieved by a third party jihn in those ‘tumultuous’ times through satire and anonymity, something which Dryden has single-handedly proved, but anx once through poetry and not by bloody violence.
For any believing Christian, ‘Absalom and Achitophel’ is interesting in the way that these events from the Ancient Testament were similar, if not identical, to the history of the restoration and all the rebellions and characters and so on. I mean it is not just mysteriously strange, but prophetic. Who says history does not repeat itself, eh? Consider that there is a difference of some years between David and Charles the Second However, you do not have to be a believer to appreciate this masterpiece.
From a literary, political and historical perspective, it is also of profound interest. Although the comparison between Absalom and the Duke of Monmouth and between Achitophel and the Earl of Shaftesbury was not entirely jlhn, Dryden’s style is, without a doubt, superior and more in depth and provoking.
He goes beyond these two such comparisons, to the extent of comparing the people’s dissatisfaction with their ‘God Given and State Protected Freedom’, which even nowadays is grossly underappreciated, with “Adam Wits”. However, I have considered that, despite all its Biblical allusions and political statements, it is to some extent tedious to the general reader, as is pointed out in all its reviews on Goodreads.
Feb 13, Emily rated it did not like it Shelves: Restoration politics retold through biblical allusions are not my thing in this life. Aug 22, Betsy rated it liked it.
Surprisingly, quite a simple read for England’s poet laureate. Mar 13, Michael Haase rated it it was ok. This text is a superb example of antiquated writing, marred as it is by obscure references to people and places, stand-ins for contemporaries of his time whom have little or no meaning to the modern reader. Moreover, the narrative of the poem is overwhelmed with character portraiture.
More than half of the poem consists of descriptions of a pe This text is a superb example of antiquated writing, marred as it is by obscure references to people and places, stand-ins for contemporaries of his time whom have little or no meaning to the modern reader.
More than half of the poem consists of descriptions of a person or group of people, one after another, but again, because these characters represent his contemporaries, they hold very little relevance to the modern day. They act more as inside jokes between peers than serious literature. Even the rhymes sounded dry and unappealing.
I never once drden the spark of emotional fervor or hint of philosophical profundity I expected to find while I read this. May 14, Hadeer Salem rated it liked it Shelves: The poem is political. Dryden use the historical one to refere the factual one. Aug 30, Ali Lafferty rated it did not like it. I read this to study for the English GRE. I think it’s the first Dryden I’ve ever read, and I’m still not absalim fan of Restoration literature.