John Dryden

John Dryden



John Dryden (/ˈdrdən/; 19 August [O.S. 9 August] 1631 – 12 May  [O.S. 1 May] 1700) was an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who was made England’s first Poet Laureate in 1668.

He is seen as dominating the literary life of Restoration England to such a point that the period came to be known in literary circles as the Age of Dryden. Walter Scott called him “Glorious John.”


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John Dryden Life & Works




John Dryden “Beneath A Myrtle Shade” Poem animation




Absalom and Achitophel, by John Dryden




Literary Theory & Criticism: Western – Dryden’s Comparative Criticism of Ben Jonson




“All, All of a Piece,” by John Dryden




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