"All for Love" and "Of Dramatic Poesy: An Essay" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

"All for Love" and "Of Dramatic Poesy: An Essay"
A review of Dryden's "All for Love" as an embodiment of the critical concepts of his "Of Dramatic Poesy: An Essay" and a discussion of how they are an imitation of William Shakespeare's "Anthony and Cleopatra".
# 34288 | 1,150 words | 7 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 22, 2003 in English (Analysis) , Literature (Comparative Literature)


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This essay will examine Dryden's "All for Love" (1677) and his "Of Dramatic Poesy: An Essay" (1668). It will be argued that the former play may be seen as the embodiment of Dryden's critical reflections on the issues noted in the above passage. In "All for Love", as will be seen, Dryden attempts to assimilate the legacy of the Elizabethan stage - in this case, Shakespeare's "Anthony and Cleopatra" - into an age dominated by French critical theories. However, as will be seen, Dryden often contradicts his own earlier critical thinking, particularly with respect to the proper language of the theater. This suggests that a true analysis of Dryden's critical thinking must incorporate his dramatic practice into his critical theory.

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