The Age of Dryden - became very popular with the middle and...

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The Age of Dryden (1660–1700) * Began with the restoration of the monarchy and ended with the death of writer John Dryden (1631–1700). * Dryden brought back satire from the Classical writers – his style is called mock heroic poetry or mock epic poetry. * Dryden also brought back literary criticism, including “An Essay of Dramatic Poesy,” which attempts to evaluate works of literature. * London theaters closed by the repressive Puritan government were reopened by Charles II. Refurbished and offering new forms of drama, the theaters
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Unformatted text preview: became very popular with the middle and upper classes. Dryden’s All For Love , a tragedy about Antony and Cleopatra, drew large audiences. * Other notable prose works of the time include * Samuel Pepys’s Diary, a journal of daily events in his life from 1660 to 1669 * Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko (1688), a prose work about slavery in the West Indies. * Oroonoko is one of the first (some say the first) English novel....
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