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 An Essay of Dramatic Poesy (1668)

An Essay of Dramatic Poesy by John Dryden was published in 1668. It was probably written during the plague year of 1666. Dryden takes up the subject that Philip Sidney had set forth in his Defence of Poesie (1580) and attempts to justify drama as a legitimate form of "poetry" comparable to the epic, as well as defend English drama against that of the ancients and the…


*Dryden, John. “An Essay of Dramatic Poesy”

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Beowulf, Ecclesiastical History of the English People, "Pardoner's Tale and Nun Priest's Tale" (Canterbury Tales), Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, Fairie Queene, "Macbeth," "Dr. Faustus" (Marlowe), "Holy Sonnet XIV" (Donne), Paradise Lost, "An Essay of Dramatic Poesy," Evelina or Cecilia, Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver's Travels, Vicar of Wakefield, "Rivals," "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," Jane Eyre, Frankenstein, A Tale of Two Cities, Pride and Prejudice, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, "Witch," Mayor of Casterbridge, Lord Jim, "Are Women Human?" and "Human-Not-Quite" (Sayers), "Terence, This is Stupid Stuff," "Loveliest of Trees," and "Be Still My Soul," (Housman), "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death," "When You are Old," "Second Coming," "White Swans at Coole," and "Byzantium" (Yeats), Mere Christianity, Lord of the Rings, "Murder in the Cathedral."