Tuesday, May 19, 2009

1600 to 1699: MacFlecknoe to The Hind and the Panther

Chronology of World, British and American Literature.

Dryden. British. 1682. Poetry/Satire. MacFlecknoe. Directed against Thomas Shadwell. The title is from Richard Flecknoe, an Irish priest noted for bad verse. Depicts Shadwell as Flecknoe’s successor in the monarchy of nonsense. Model for Pope’s Dunciad.

Dryden. British. 1682. Poetry/Satire. The Medal. Aimed at Shaftesbury who had been exonerated from a charge of high treason.

Dryden. British. 1682. Poetry Religio Laici. In defense of the Anglican religion with cogent argument for a middle way.

Increase Mather. American. 1684. Nonfiction. An Essay for the Recording of Illustrious Providences. Collection of reports of supernatural incidents in New England to show God’s role in human affairs.

Dryden. British. 1687. Poetry. The Hind and the Panther. Bear = the independents. The wolf = the Presbyterians. The hare = the Quakers. The ape = the freethinkers. The boar = the Anabaptists. The fox= the Arians. Defense of the Catholic religion. The Hind = the Church of Rome. The Panther = the Church of England. The Lion = James II.

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