Dryden (Classic Reprint)

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If, however, during these years we have little testimo ny about Dryden, we have three documents from his own hand which are of no little interest. Although Dryden was one of the most late-writing Of English poets, he had got into print before he left Westminster. A promising pupil of that school, Lord Hastings, had died of small-pox, and, according to the fashion of the time, a tombeau, as it would have been called in France, was published, containing elegies by a very large number of authors, ranging from Westminster boys to the already famous names of Waller and Denham. Somewhat later an epistle commendatory was contributed by Dryden to a volume of religious verse by his friend John Hoddesdon. Later still, and probably after he had taken his degree, he wrote a letter to his cousin, Honor Driden, daughter of the reigning baronet of Canons Ashby, which the young lady had the grace to keep. All these juvenile productions have been very severely judged. As to the poems, the latest writer on the subject, a writer in the Quarterly Review, whom I cer tainly do not name otherwise than honoris causd, pro nounces the one execrable, and the other inferior to the juvenile productions Of that miserable poetaster, Kirke White. It seems to this reviewer that Dryden had at this time' 'no ear for verse, no command of poetic diction.

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George Saintsbury (1845-1933) was a journalist, reviewer, critic, editor, and Professor of Literature at the University of Edinburgh. Thomas Pinney is Professor of English Emeritus at Pomona College. Among other books, he is author of "A History of Wine in America "(in two volumes from UC Press).

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