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John Dryden in Defence of English Dramatists in “Essay of Dramatic Poesy”

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Sub Topics: Dryden developed a very ingenious plan for writing his Essay of Dramatic Poesy

Key Words: John Dryden, creative imagination , Shakespeare ,Milton , moral ,emotional , tragic comedy ,English dramatists , essay on dramatic poesy, Neander, , classical , Greek , French dramatists

The Man: John Dryden, a lifelong man of letters, lacking in the creative imagination which lifts Shakespeare and Milton above their times, lacking too in moral and emotional qualities, but a man of great intellect and a master craftsman able to use his pen along many lines of composition. John Dryden defends tragi- comedy which the English dramatists ably and artistically wrote. In his Essay of Dramatic Poesy, Dryden ,in the voice of Neander, rises up in defence of English Dramatists and strongly pleads that English dramatists are fully justified in not slavishly accepting the classical principles in many respects. They have developed their own principles and proved themselves to be superior to the Greek and French dramatists in many ways.
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