Thursday, August 9, 2012
Happy birthday, John Dryden
It is the birthday of English poet and playwright John Dryden (1631), who served as Poet Laureate of Great Britain and dominated literary circles under Charles II. The period became known as the Age of Dryden. It was a period that saw the rise of journalism and periodicals and the essay as well as the advent of literary criticism. Here is a poem by Dryden from his play The Conquest of Granada.