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Essay of Dramatick Poesie

By Dryden, John

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Title: Essay of Dramatick Poesie  
Author: Dryden, John
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Excerpt: As I was lately reviewing my loose Papers, amongst the rest I found this Essay, the writing of which in this rude and indigested manner wherein your Lordship now sees it, serv?d as an amusement to me in the Country, when the violence of the last Plague had driven me from the Town. Seeing then our Theaters shut up, I was engag?d in these kind of thoughts with the same delight with which men think upon their absent Mistresses: I confess I find many things in this discourse which I do not now approve; my judgment being a little alter?d since the writing of it, but whether for the better or the worse I know not: Neither indeed is it much material in an Essay, where all I have said is problematical. For the way of writing Playes in verse, which I have seemed to favour, I have since that time laid the Practice of it aside, till I have more leisure, because I find it troublesome and slow. But I am no way alter?d from my opinion of it, at least with any reasons which have oppos?d it. For your Lordship may easily observe that none are very violent against it, but those who either have not attempted it, or who have succeeded ill in their attempt. ?Tis enough for me to have your Lordships example for my excuse in that little which I have done in it; and I am sure my Adversaries can bring no such Arguments against Verse, as the fourth Act of Pompey will furnish me with, in its defence. Yet, my Lord, you must suffer me a little to complain of you, that you too soon withdraw from us a contentment, of which we expected the continuance, because you gave it us so early. ?Tis a revolt without occasion from your Party, where your merits had already rais?d you to the highest commands, and where you have not the excuse of other men that you have been ill us?d, and therefore laid down Armes. I know no other quarrel you can have to Verse, then that which Spurina had to his beauty, when he tore and mangled the features of his Face, onely because they pleas?d too well the lookers on. It was an honour which seem?d to wait for you, to lead out a new Colony of Writers from the Mother Nation: and upon the first spreading of your Ensignes there had been many in a readiness to have follow?d so fortunate a Leader; if not all, yet the better part of Writers.

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Table of Contents: Essay of Dramatick Poesie, 1 -- John Dryden, 1 -- To the Right Honourable, 1 -- CHARLES LORD BUCKHURST, 1 -- TO THE READER, 3 -- AN Essay of Dramatick Poesie, 3


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