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Dryden: An Essay Of Dramatic Poesy

Dryden An Essay Of Dramatic Poesy Dryden s main contribution to literary criticism is represented by An Essay of Dramatic Poesy in which in the form of a lively dialogue his views on drama are propounded In this landmark of English Cr

  • Title: Dryden: An Essay Of Dramatic Poesy
  • Author: Thomas Arnold
  • ISBN: 9788171563234
  • Page: 331
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  • Dryden s main contribution to literary criticism is represented by An Essay of Dramatic Poesy in which in the form of a lively dialogue his views on drama are propounded In this landmark of English Criticism, Dryden examines five important issues the relative merits of ancient and modern poets, the French versus the English school of drama, the Elizabethan dramatists veDryden s main contribution to literary criticism is represented by An Essay of Dramatic Poesy in which in the form of a lively dialogue his views on drama are propounded In this landmark of English Criticism, Dryden examines five important issues the relative merits of ancient and modern poets, the French versus the English school of drama, the Elizabethan dramatists versus those of Dryden s own time, conformation to the dramatic rules laid down by the ancients and the question of substituting rhyme for blank verse Considering the fact that Dryden had no settled body of English criticism to bank upon, his theorising on the form of drama is a distinguished achievement and many of the issues raised by him can by no means be treated as finally decided Dryden s special advantages were a strong, clear, common sense judgement and a very remarkable faculty of arguing the point Add to this his intimate knowledge of both ancient and modern playwrights, including the French masters, and his personal initial experiments in writing plays Thomas Arnold s explanatory Notes make this volume all the valuable to the scholars and students of Dryden as a critic William T Arnold in his revision of the third edition, made the Notes fuller and helpful by, among other things, adding quotations from Corneille.

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    1. Thomas Arnold

      Tom Arnold 30 November 1823 12 November 1900 , also known as Thomas Arnold the Younger, was an English literary scholar.He was the second son of Thomas Arnold, headmaster of Rugby School, and younger brother of the poet Matthew Arnold After taking a first class degree at University College, Oxford, Arnold grew discontented with Victorian Britain and attempted to take up farming in New Zealand Failing to make a success of this career, in 1850 he moved to Tasmania, having been invited to take the job of Inspector of Schools by Governor William Denison Soon after arriving in Hobart, he fell in love with and married Julia Sorell, granddaughter of former Governor William Sorell They had nine children four of whom died young , among them Mary, who became a best selling novelist under the name Mrs Humphry Ward, and Julia, who married Leonard Huxley, the son of Thomas, and gave birth to Julian and Aldous After being widowed in 1888, Arnold in 1890 married for a second time, to Josephine Benison, daughter of James Benison, Ballyconnell, County Cavan, Ireland.While in Tasmania Arnold converted from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism, a move which angered his Protestant wife sufficiently to cause her to smash the windows of the chapel during his confirmation The marriage was to be plagued by domestic strife over religious loyalty until Julia s death At the time Tasmania would not employ Catholics in senior civil service positions, and so in 1857 the family moved back to England Arnold took a job teaching English literature at the Catholic University in Dublin, and wrote A Manual of English Literature 1862 , which became a standard textbook He resigned from the university in 1862 to become head of classics at the The Oratory School in Birmingham He left in 1865, when a letter he had written insisting that he would need a higher salary to continue at the school was interpreted by Cardinal Newman as a tendering of resignation.Arnold opened a private tutoring establishment in Oxford, and began to attend Church of England services He edited a number of important literary works, including Beowulf In 1876 he stood for election to the Chair of Anglo Saxon at Oxford Finding that some supporters were campaigning for him as the Anglican candidate, he felt this put him in a false position on the eve of the election he announced his intention of being reconciled to the Catholic Church It is unlikely that this had much impact on the outcome of the election, but family tradition maintained that he had cast away a golden opportunity for a scruple After a period of financial hardship, in which his main occupation was editorial work for the Rolls Series, Arnold returned to Dublin in 1882 as professor of English literature at University College, teaching to the end of his life in 1900 One of his last students was James Joyce.

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