Achitophel


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Achitophel

(əˈkɪtəˌfɛl)
n
(Bible) Bible the Douay spelling of Ahithophel
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Hereupon Dryden, at the suggestion, it is said, of the king, and with the purpose of securing Shaftesbury's conviction, put forth the First Part of 'Absalom and Achitophel,' a masterly satire of Shaftesbury, Monmouth, and their associates in the allegorical disguise of the (somewhat altered) Biblical story of David and Absalom.
His death followed shortly, but meanwhile appeared the Second Part of 'Absalom and Achitophel,' chiefly a commonplace production written by Nahum Tate (joint author of Tate and Brady's paraphrase of the Psalms into English hymn-form), but with some passages by Dryden.
In spite of the fine sounding lines you will perhaps never care to read Absalom and Achitophel save as a footnote to history.
In much of the literature of the period, parallels are drawn between contemporary individuals or events and those of the past, sustaining a temporal formation grounded in typology, as is perhaps best seen in Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel (1681).
In perhaps the most famous literary evocation of Monmouth's story, John Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel (1681), Monmouth's illegitimacy and rebellion are treated sympathetically but ultimately condemned.
their bounds divide," said John Dryden in Absalom and Achitophel.
John Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel is the subject of chapter 7, and in it Murphy considers how Dryden struggles to reconfigure lineal succession in the literal absence of reproduction, in order to support James II's nomination as successor to Charles II, who had no legitimate progeny.
Thus, Lord North's counsel was "as the counsel of Achitophel in the days of David king of Israel," Achitophel being the king's advisor who counseled him against his own interest; American courtiers, "like the locusts of Egypt, they devoured every goodly thing.
It makes you wonder when the minister last sat down and read Absalom and Achitophel and The Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot or when his advisers last visited an English classroom.
Foolishness" as a term for blind folly occurs once in II Samuel, when God himself intervenes decisively to favor David's cause and acts to "turn the counsel of Achitophel into foolishness" and thus cause Absalom's foiled advisor, his consiglieri Achitophel, to commit suicide.
Morrice possessed copies of Richard Brome's Rump; or an Exact Collection of the Choycest Poems and Songs (1662), The Country Club: A Poem (1679), Abraham Cowley's Poems (1656) and Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel (1681).
Dryden argues for the apostolic succession of the Catholic Church in The Hind and the Panther as eloquently as he had argued for the legitimate royal succession in his earlier poems Astraea Redux and Absalom and Achitophel.