Dryden was a famous English poet, best known for his satirical poetry. His Absalom and Achitophel characters is considered as one of his best political satire. His Absalom and Achitophel is the greatest political satire in our literature, and the rest of his satires are very highly esteemed. Dryden has. Having said this, John Dryden wrote Absalom and Achitophel as a satire to instigate political reform. The era was that during which a faction in England was .

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One of these was James Scottthe Duke of Monmouthwho was very popular, both for his personal charisma and his fervor for the Achjtophel cause. A trial before a jury picked by Whig sheriffs acquitted him. The poem also references the Popish Plot and the Monmouth Achiyophel Notify me of new comments via email.

The poem tells the Biblical tale of the rebellion of Absalom against King Davidbut this tale is an allegory used to represent a story contemporary to Dryden, a story of King Charles II and the Exclusion Crisis A second allegory in the poem, beginning on lineis the Parable of the Prodigal Sonwhich can be found in the New Testament in the Gospel of Lukechapter 15, verse Political Satire Cast in Biblical Mould: His Absalom and Achitophel characters is considered as one of his best political satire.

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The Monmouth Rebellion was put down, and in the Duke was executed. Dryden abaslom over the peculiar difficulties of his chosen theme. It was a common idea at that time that bastards were better than their legitimate counterparts. John Dryden and His World. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.


In the spring ofat the Oxford ParliamentShaftesbury appealed to Charles to legitimise Monmouth. This poem made me see the bond of nationality all over again. Email required Address never made public.

The obscure and the complicated is made clear and simple.

The James Scott was manipulated by Earl of Shaftesbury to rebel against his father. The poem places most of the blame for the rebellion on Shaftesbury, and makes Charles a very reluctant and loving man who has to be king before father. Achitopgel text is forbidden on this website.

Dryden was a famous English poet, best known for his satirical poetry.

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In the prologue, “To the Reader”, Dryden states that “the true end of satire is the amendment of vices by correction”. When David’s renowned advisor, Achitophel Politicall in the Vulgate joins Absalom’s rebellion, another advisor, Hushai, plots with David to pretend to defect and give Absalom advice that plays into David’s hands.

The poem is allegoric in poliical. Its success led others to encourage Dryden to continue the story, to keep up with current events of the time. You can get this essay on your email.

It may be said that Absalom and Achitophel has no rival in the field of political satire. Politics and Government — Absalom and Achitophel veils its political satire under the transparent disguise of a Biblical Story. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Dryden achieves all this cleverly and skilfully. Apart from the contemporary interest of the poem and its historical value, it appeal to the modern reader lies in its observations on English character and on the weaknesses of man in general.

But all the while Dryden takes care to see that the political satire in not lost in the confusion of a too intricate Biblical parallelism. Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Fables, Ancient and Modern Absalom politifal Achitophel remains the greatest political satire in English Literature, partly because of its judicious and moderate satire and partly because of its true depiction of the follies and vices that satide in a particular section of the nation.


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Absalom and Achitophel as a Political Satire

The Earl of Shaftesbury was arrested on a charge of high treason and lost popular support. Satire is different from scolding and sheer abuse, though it is prompted by indignation.

Absalom and Achitophel is “generally acknowledged as finest political satire in the English language”. People were eager to see Duke of Monmouth as their future king, but according to the law of succession, he could not rule the nation. On the other hand, James Scott, the illegitimate son of King Charles absalpm the Duke of Monmouth, was very popular for both his personal charisma and his favor for the Protestants.

Absalom and Achitophel as a Politival Satire

Absalom was persuaded by Achitophel to rebel against King David. The Earl of Shaftesbury had been thrown into prison to face a charge of high treason. The poem also refers to some of the Popish Plot furore. We’ll occasionally send you account related and promo emails. You can get this essay on your email Topic: The restoration of England Monarchy began in Yale University Press

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