John Dryden

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David Hopkins
978-0-7463-1004-5

An overview of the life and work of this most celebrated late seventeenth century English poet, in the light of the latest research.

Description: This book is a concise introduction, drawing on the latest research, to the life and work of the most celebrated English poet of the late seventeenth century. It is unusual in stressing not only the poet’s responses to the events, personalities, and ideas of his own day, but also the way in which his work engages (in a far more speculative and pluralistic way than is often supposed) with timeless human issues and dilemmas. These include the relation of human to animal and inanimate nature, the forces (internal and external) which serve to ennoble, enrich and confound human endeavour, the capacities and limits of human reason, and the relations between the sexes. Dryden emerges from this study as, simultaneously a man of his times and a writer with important things to say to us all.

 

Author: Hopkins,David

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