AD's English Literature : John Dryden's MacFlecknoe: University Notes

John Dryden's MacFlecknoe: University Notes

"All humane things are subject to decay,
And, when Fate summons, Monarchs must obey."
 MacFlecknoe: Study Circle
Satire-->Mock heroic --->poetic style As a poet--->Coronation--->speech --->Shadwell as a writer--->Description Scene.--->Character Of Shadwell -->Imagery--->Allusion
Shadwell as a writer: Although Shadwell has been satirized and reduced to a manikin , the fact that Shadwell was in realty a literary rival and competitive dramatist. Shadwell openly acknowledged his literary feud with the English poet John Dryden. His satire The Medal of John Bayes (1682) contains his strongest attack against Dryden, who counteracted with Mac Flecknoe, or a Satire on the True Blue Protestant Poet, T.S. (1682). Shadwell succeeded Dryden as poet laureate in 1688. In his own right made Dryden harp on what he deemed to line literary flaws or demerits. Such remarks regarding Shadwell’s lacuna are interspersed throughout the text of MacFlecknoe though they reach their concentrated essence, climactic perfection in the final coronation speech of Flecknoe.
Coronation speech- para5.6 of coronation.
Imagery: Imagery in poetry add to the contriteness, sentient and sensible quality endowed by vivid souse impression, especially by means of visual. Imagery in MacFlecknoe  suggests, not new of vistas of imagination but the inferiority of Shadwell, the image are generally heroic, in comparison with which, Shadwell appears to be a pigmy. There are yet others images which serve to mock the locale and the coronation process of Shadwell. Finally, the images of magnificent writers proving incomparably greater than Shadwell who cannot ‘transfuse’ their blood reduces him to creative manikin. 
Allusion:- Although it is modern poetry which is renowned for the allusiveness and complexity which the modernist poet T.S. Eliot so considerate, it is the poetry of Dryden which may claim to be the true forerunner of the souse allusiveness of modern poetry, for its allusiveness is comparable to that should be dubbed ‘the poetry of allusion’, perhaps more appropriately, ‘the poetry of mock-heroic allusions’. 

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