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.
As already outlined, Lucy Hutchinson's Order and Disorder (chapter 6), John Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel
(chapter 7), and Mary Astell's A Serious Proposal to the Ladies (chapter 8) all approach the notions of family-state analogy, genealogy, marriage and reproduction, patriarchal paternity, and lineal succession in a variety of ways that echo ideas already discussed in the first chapter and the chapters on Milton in the first half of the book.
In Absalom and Achitophel
, as well as in The Medal (both published in 1682), Dryden attacks the antiroyalist Whigs who wanted to exclude the Catholic James, brother and legitimate successor of Charles II, from the royal succession in favor of the Protestant Duke of Monmouth, Charles II's illegitimate son.
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.
He uses as examples essays he has published from 1951 to 1989 about such works as Gray's Elegy, Robinson Crusoe and Absalom and Achitophel
A few among the longer Dryden satires, usually Absalom and Achitophel
or MacFlecknoe, often turned up in the curricula of English government schools.
40) John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
lines 781-82, available at http://eir.
In some sense, Dryden's own Miltonic appropriations in Absalom and Achitophel
(1682) provide a precursor to the strategies employed by Shippen.
2), and political allegory bordering roman-a-clef, like Gulliver's Travels, Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel
, and Animal Farm.
Absalom and Achitophel
to Cowley, and for good measure, Mac Flecknoe to