tells Absalom in "Absalom and Achitophel
,"is "a Godlike
The typology between God, David, and Charles; between Adam, Absalom, and Monmouth; between the Serpent, Achitophel
, and Shaftesbury; and between Michal and Catherine shock the reader into realizing that actions are not confined to an immediate milieu but reach outwards in ways that can only be imagined through the poetic process.
John Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel
is the subject of chapter 7, and in it Murphy considers how Dryden struggles to reconfigure lineal succession in the literal absence of reproduction, in order to support James II's nomination as successor to Charles II, who had no legitimate progeny.
Thus, Lord North's counsel was "as the counsel of Achitophel
in the days of David king of Israel," Achitophel
being the king's advisor who counseled him against his own interest; American courtiers, "like the locusts of Egypt, they devoured every goodly thing." (46)
It makes you wonder when the minister last sat down and read Absalom and Achitophel
and The Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot or when his advisers last visited an English classroom.
"Foolishness" as a term for blind folly occurs once in II Samuel, when God himself intervenes decisively to favor David's cause and acts to "turn the counsel of Achitophel
into foolishness" and thus cause Absalom's foiled advisor, his consiglieri Achitophel
, to commit suicide.
Morrice possessed copies of Richard Brome's Rump; or an Exact Collection of the Choycest Poems and Songs (1662), The Country Club: A Poem (1679), Abraham Cowley's Poems (1656) and Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel
Finally, the late Harold Love, in "Fixity versus Flexibility in 'A Song on Tom of Danby' and Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel
" challenges one of the main characteristics of print that Eisenstein stipulated.
Dryden argues for the apostolic succession of the Catholic Church in The Hind and the Panther as eloquently as he had argued for the legitimate royal succession in his earlier poems Astraea Redux and Absalom and Achitophel
. In Astraea Redux (Justice Returned,1660), Dryden celebrates the restoration of Charles II to the throne after the end of Puritan rule in the Commonwealth, ushered in by the beheading of Charles I.
311: Great wits to madness sure are near allied--John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
The editors have wisely included the whole of Mac Flecknoe, Absalom and Achitophel
, Religio Laici and The Hind and the Panther.
This organization is significant and, in keeping with Stephen Zwicker's essay on ironies of context and text--notable, as he ably illustrates, in Dryden's taking on the issue of paternity in Absalom and Achitophel
during James II's reign--it is ironic, given the book's argument, that the parity apparently aimed for came off with some unbalance.