Summary, annotated text, historical background, analysis, and more. Mac Flecknoe Or a Satire Upon the True-Blue-Protestant Poet T. S.. A Poem by John . Mac Flecknoe is a verse mock-heroic satire written by John Dryden. It is a direct attack on Thomas Shadwell, another prominent poet of the time. It opens with the . Satirical Analysis of Mac Flecknoe and Absalom and Achitophel by John Dryden. Dryden, who was the greatest literary figure of the Restoration period achieved.

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Ben Jonsonimportant playwright of the early seventeenth century.

Son of Aeneas, the hero of Virgil’s Aeneid. He decided to avenge himself on Shadwell and Dryden fully revenged himself by the publication of Mac Flecknoe in Low-cut shoes worn by actors in ancient Greek and Roman comedies. Text and Explanatory Notes.

Satirical Analysis of Mac Flecknoe and Absalom and Achitophel by John Dryden

The poem begins in the tone of an epic masterpiece, presenting Shadwell’s defining characteristic as dullness, just as every epic hero has a defining characteristic: Formerly; at one time; at an earlier time. He published works by both Flscknoe and Shadwell.

Sir Charles SedleyEnglish playwright.

Or perhaps he should write songs and sing them to the accompaniment of a lute. In Mac Flecknoe Dryden sank the greater part of his resentment in the humor of the conception and the reader enjoys the fun without thinking much of its application to an individual. As part of his mockery of Shadwell, Dryden chose the high-sounding Augusta as the name for the city Shadwell is to rule as King of Nonsense.

Ward writes, “Absalom and Achitophel remains the greatest political satire in our literature, partly because it is frankly political and not intended, like Hudibrasby means of a mass of accumulated detail to convey a general impression of the vices and follies, defect and extravagances, of a particular section or particular section of the nation. The old king Flecknoe passed on to his son Shadwell, or Mac Flecknoe his dullness.

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Dryden then describes the place chosen by Flecknoe for Shadwell’s throne. Food waste thrown into the river. What was once respectable becomes disreputable; what was once praised becomes condemned. From dusty shops neglected authors come, Satirical Analysis of Mac Flecknoe and Absalom and Achitophel by John Dryden Dryden, who was the greatest literary figure of the Restoration period achieved remarkable success in almost every class of literature, and in his work we have an excellent reflection of the second half of the 17th century.

This Flecknoe 1 found, who, like Augustus, young Was call’d to empire2 and had govern’d long: However, other writers are no match for Shadwell—not even his father. The prodigality of irony, the sting in the tail of every couplet, the ingenuity by which odious charges are made against the victim in the very words almost of the phrases which his party were accustomed to employ, and above all the polish of the language and the verse, and the tone of half-condescending banter, were thing of which that time had no experience.

Richard Flecknoe was an English dramatist and poet whose writing was ridiculed by poet Andrew Marvellas well as Dryden. He never deviates into sense. Flecknoe continues his eulogy of Shadwell’s merits by referring to his pretensions as a musician.

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Mac Flecknoe as a Mock-heroic Poem. Angry that she has disobeyed his instructions, he leaves her. Don’t compare your large belly to Jonson’s. A that means was called. The elderly king, Flecknoe. The word august uh GUST means to inspire reverence and awe.


Mac Flecknoe is analysjs first substantial mock-heroic poem and Thomas Shadwell is the hero of this epic.

In Mac Flecknoe there is no single reference to the bitter political controversy of the time, nor even to the medal bearing Shaftesbury’s image. Dryden lampoons Shadwell mercilessly, although he avoids sarcasm and harangue.

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Odysseus ‘s is cunning; Achilles ‘s is wrath; the hero of Spenser’s The Faerie Queene is of holiness; whilst Satan in Paradise Lost has the defining characteristic of pride. But a dolphin enthralled analysks his music saved him and carried him to Corinth, Greece. Dryden uses the mock-heroic through his use of the heightened language of the epic to treat analysi trivial subjects such as poorly written and largely dismissible poetry.

Although the incongruency between the words “martyrs” and “pies” and between the words “relics” and “bum” is obvious, the transformation of values in this is case is not to be taken literally. After his father died, Ascanius inherited his father’s kingdom. There are others with similar virtues, such as Heywood and Shirley. Psyche is a young woman so beautiful that the goddess of love, Venus, becomes jealous. Flecknoe crowns Shadwell and bursts into prophecy.

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