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 (drīd′n), John 1631-1700.
English writer and poet laureate (1668-1689). The outstanding literary figure of the Restoration, he wrote critical essays, poems, such as Absalom and Achitophel (1681), and dramas, including All for Love (1678).


(Biography) John. 1631–1700, English poet, dramatist, and critic of the Augustan period, commonly regarded as the chief exponent of heroic tragedy. His major works include the tragedy All for Love (1677), the verse satire Absalom and Achitophel (1681), and the Essay of Dramatick Poesie (1668)


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John, 1631–1700, English playwright and critic: poet laureate 1668–88.
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The essential difference between poetry and prose--"that other beauty of prose"--in the words of the motto he has chosen from Dryden, the first master of the sort of prose he prefers:--that is Mr.
Elizabethan prose, all too chaotic in the beauty and force which overflowed into it from Elizabethan poetry, and incorrect with an incorrectness which leaves it scarcely legitimate prose at all: then, in reaction against that, the correctness of Dryden, and his followers through the eighteenth century, determining the standard of a prose in the proper sense, not inferior to the prose of the Augustan age in Latin, or of the "great age in France": and, again in reaction against this, the wild mixture of poetry and prose, in our wild nineteenth century, under the influence of such writers as Dickens and Carlyle: such are the three periods into which the story of our prose literature divides itself.
That powerful poetry was twin-brother to a prose, of more varied, but certainly of wilder and more irregular power than the admirable, the typical, prose of Dryden.
I may say with Dryden," added the gallant old gentleman:
I am speaking," echoed Sir Patrick, "of John Dryden the Poet.
The Restoration Period, from the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the death of Dryden in 1700.
As another poet has said of him, "Ben as a rule--a rule which is proved by the exception--was one of the singers who could not sing; though, like Dryden, he could intone most admirably.
THE brother of a council worker shot dead by gunman Albert Dryden has spoken about how the whole tragedy could have been "prevented as the elderly killer is released from jail.
Dryden was in jail for 26 years and was expected to die behind bars because he refused to show remorse for the killing.
Dryden has all but vanished from history even though he became one of the most influential scientists and administrators in the annals of American aeronautics and spaceflight.
As Dryden is quick to point out though in her introduction, the Conrad/Wells relationship is not exactly untrodden scholarly territory.