Absalom and Achitophel, verse satire by English poet John Dryden published in The poem, which is written in heroic couplets, is about the Exclusion crisis . Complete summary of John Dryden’s Absalom and Achitophel. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Absalom and Achitophel. This poem is a mock epic. A mock epic mirrors aspects of a traditional epic but is intended to promote humor through its witty portrayal of characters. A mock epic.

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But when they stand all breathless, urge the fight, And rise upon them with redoubled might: The name of godly he may blush to bear; [] ‘Tis after God’s own heart to cheat his heir.

Absalom and Achitophelverse satire by English poet John Dryden published in You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. If those, who gave the sceptre, could not tie, By their own deed, their own posterity, [] How then could Adam bind his future race?

Absalom and Achitophel

So dexterous was he in the crown’s defence, So formed to speak a loyal nation’s sense, [] That, as their band was Israel’s tribes in small, So fit was he to represent them all. In the prologue, “To the Reader”, Dryden states that “the true end of satire is the amendment of vices by correction”. There was a problem with your submission. This arch-attester for the public good [] By that one deed ennobles all his blood.

Dryden, “Absalom and Achitophel”

Not the boat in which Noah traveled, but the Ark of the Covenant. Who sues for justice to his throne in vain? For Shimei, though not prodigal of pelf, Yet loved his wicked neighbour as himself. Or let his kindness by the effects be tried, Or let him lay his vain pretence aside.


Western dome here stands for Westminster Abbey, where Sancroft was dean.

A second part of the poem—largely composed by Nahum Tateplaywright dfyden poet laureate of Britain, but containing lines by Dryden that were directed at his literary rivals Thomas Shadwell and Elkanah Settle—was published in Yet since they will divert my native course, ‘Tis time to show I am not good by force.

John Dryden and His World. It is the tale of a son who asks for his birthright early, loses it, and returns to his father, who then takes pity on him and shares with him his remaining fortune. In his poem, Dryden assigns each figure in the crisis a biblical name; e. His joy concealed, he sets himself to show; On each side bowing popularly low: Issacharone of the sons of Jacob, who was lazy and greedy.

Absalom and Achitophel by John Dryden

His courage foes, his friends his truth proclaim; His loyalty the king, the world his fame. Whence comes it, that religion and the laws Achitophl more be Absalom’s than David’s cause? For laws are only made to punish those [] Who serve the king, and to protect his foes.

Oh, that my power to saving were confined!

Of ancient race by birth, but nobler yet [] In his own worth, and without title great: It refers here to the English Parliament. Without my leave a future king to choose, Infers a right the present to depose. Please try again later. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. achitophek

The name Zimri appears twice in the Bible, once as a lecherous murderer Numbers 25 and again as a murderous usurper 1 Kings When he realized the rebellion could not be won, he hanged himself.


Here he stands for Sir William Jonesthe attorney general who prosecuted many of the Catholics charged in the early stages of the Popish Plot. Achitophel, though, is not satisfied with this suggestion.

Now, free from earth, thy disencumbered soul [] Mounts up, and leaves behind the clouds and starry pole: Cambridge University Press, He defended the king from his uncle’s attacks, and Dryden gave him credit for helping to defeat the Exclusion Bill. Eryden beautiful Absalom is distinguished by his extraordinarily abundant hair, which is thought to symbolise his pride 2 Sam.

Caleba servant of Moses who entered the Promised Land with Joshua. Thee, Saviour, thee the nation’s vows confess, [] And, never satisfied with seeing, bless; Swift unbespoken pomps thy steps proclaim, And stammering babes are taught to lisp thy name.

Absalom and Achitophel stands alone as a complete poem by John Dryden as it was published in Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st earl of Shaftesbury: Desire of power, on earth a vicious weed, [] Yet, sprung from drydeb, is of celestial seed; Druden God ’tis glory; and when men aspire, ‘Tis but a spark too much of heavenly fire.

And he for whom it was intended, was too witty to resent it as an injury … Asbalom thus, my lord, you see I have preferred the manner of Horace, and of your Lordship, in this kind of satire, to that of Juvenal.