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Post-Revolutionary Tragedy

Howard Erskine-Hill

in Poetry and the Realm of Politics

Published in print June 1996 | ISBN: 9780198117315
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670916 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117315.003.0008
Post-Revolutionary Tragedy

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Samson Agonistes and Don Sebastian are tragedies of alien setting, of the Hebrew faith in Philistia, of the Christian faith in Africa. When they were made public their authors were something like internal exiles. The London Milton had praised in Areopagitica, the London Dryden had praised in Annus Mirabilis had been overthrown by the revolutions of 1660 and 1688 respectively. For each poet the good city did not abide: alienation sharpened the metaphor of the wilderness. The post-revolutionary tragedy of Milton and Dryden is discussed here.

Keywords: Milton; Dryden; poetry; post-revolutionary tragedy

Chapter.  13754 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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