The Works of John Dryden (Wordsworth Poetry Library)
by John Dryden
Dryden's last three years of published works begin with Alexander's Feast and end with Fables, his largest miscellany of poetical translations. Alexander's Feast, like the earlier Song for St. Cecilia's Day (Works, III), was commissioned by the Musical Society for performance at its annual tribute to sacred music. The Fables included selections from Homer, Ovid, Boccaccio,...more
Published December 1999 by Wordsworth Editions
(first published 1956)
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I'm not sure if Dryden's rewrite/butchery of Troilus and Cressida is actually included in the various works of John Dryden, but it's as good a place as any to record that I reread his version again. As I've said before, if you're looking for literary genius, just go back to Shakespeare and Chaucer. But Dryden's version is interesting. A line-by-line comparison would be interesting, to see where he changed and softened the lines of Shakespeare, and where he felt more was needed. It's kind of a mo...more