Annus Mirabilis: John Dryden: Youth and education: Dryden’s longest poem to date, Annus Mirabilis (), was a celebration of two victories by the English. The Annus Mirabilis Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and Dryden’s epic poetic call to the patriotic spirit of Londoners, Annus Mirabilus. Annus Mirabilis is a poem written by John Dryden and published in It commemorates the year , which despite the poem’s name ‘year of wonders’ was.
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Annus Mirabilis by John Dryden
John Dryden Annus Mirabilis: The Year of Wonders, And describing the Fire of London. They soon became friends and started a fruitful literary collaboration whereby Dryden began contributing laudatory verses to Howard’s poems.
Apart from being a formal dedication to his brother-in-law, who was then a ,irabilis in the Bridges Street Theatre, this piece also serves as an opportunity to apologize for past allegiances: In this letter, we also learn that Howard corrected the poem and helped to see it mirabiilis the press.
Notwithstanding the diligence which has been used in my absence, some faults have escap’d the Press: I have onely noted the grossest of them, not such as by false stops have confounded the sense, but such as by mistaken words have corrupted mirabilos a4 r.
To be more specific, it is a long poem on the subject of the Second Anglo-Dutch War and the Great Fire that destroyed a large part of London in that same year.
One of the aims of the piece is to promote the idea of a “benevolent” English expansion, in contrast with the economic monopoly derived from Dutch trade policies Brown, As a result of this economic strategy, argues Dryden, the wealth of the world was exclusively diverted to the Dutch:.
Then, Dryden enthusiastically anticipates a new British imperialism that, strenghtened by new geographical discoveries and empirical science, will be beneficial to other nations:.
And as by Line upon the Ocean go, Whose paths shall be familiar as the Land. Instructed ships shall fail to quick Commerce; By which remotest Regions are alli’d: Which makes one City of the Universe, Where some may gain, and all may be suppli’d. Then, we upon our Globes last verge shall go, And view the Ocean leaning on the sky: From thence our rolling Neighbours xryden shall know And on the Lunar world securely pry.
However, what Dryden omits in this poem is to mention the great sense of loss and desolation this catastrophe might have caused on those who, like Dryden himself, lived in London during those critical years. As Harold Love explains, the scope of the destruction was too overwhelming to be neglected! During the later s and early s Deyden experience of his immediate urban environment must have been similar to that of an inhabitant of Dresden or Hiroshima returning to the obliterated site in Buildings and streetcapes had been tellers of stories, all of them now lost Love, As with other works by Dryden, Samuel Pepys’ diary is always an excellent source to appreciate a contemporary reader’s reaction to the latest output of our author.
As originally phrased, this line could have been seen as a criticism of Sir Drdyen Berkeleywhose performance at the battle of Lowestoft on 3 June was called into question—apparently, he withdrew after mitabilis death of his brother.
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And, again in the first issue, on signature C6 rstanza reads as follows Macdonald, As in his fate something divine there were, Who dead and buried the third day arose. As in the second drydej Macdonald, Being a reference to the Resurrection, the verse “Who dead and buried the third day arose” might have looked blasphemous!
For more information on our Dryden collection click the following link: Selected Bibliography Brown, Laura. Cambridge University Press, William and Emma Va Unger.
Pforzheimer Library, English Literature, The Diary of Samuel Anmus. Robert Lathan and William Matthews. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, Skip to main content.
As a result of this economic strategy, argues Dryden, the wealth of the world was exclusively diverted to the Dutch: Then, Dryden enthusiastically anticipates a new British imperialism that, strenghtened by new geographical discoveries and empirical science, will be beneficial to other nations: Dryden clearly echoes the advances of the new science sponsored by the Royal Society—of which he became a fellow in —particularly the studies on astronomy, chronometry, and navigation that made possible the exact calculation of latitude.
Incidentally, one may also note that before Dryden composed this work there had been an iconographical tradition designed to establish an intimate connection between the limitless potential of human knowledge and the expansion of mifabilis empire.