IT is attention-grabbing to notice that an analogous cause—the nice plague of 1665—which drove Milton from London to the Buckinghamshire village of Chalfont St. Giles, and there gave him relaxation to accomplish the Paradise misplaced, obliged Dryden also—the theatres being closed— to cross eighteen months within the country,—'probably at Charlton in Wiltshire,' says Malone,—where he grew to become his relaxation to so sturdy an account as, along with writing the * Annus Mirabilis/ to compose within the following Essay the 1st piece of excellent sleek English prose on which our literature can satisfaction itself.
Charles II, having been a lot in Paris in the course of his exile, have been captivated via the French drama, then within the robust palms of Corneille and Moliere. In that drama, whilst prose was once no longer hired, using rhyme was once a necessary feature.
Dryden and others weren't sluggish to refer to the style winning at courtroom. His first play, The Wild Gallant, was once in prose; it truly is coarse and never a lot enlivened by means of wit, and it used to be no longer good obtained. In his subsequent efforts Dryden took better pains. He turns out to have confident himself that the allure of rhyme used to be essential to please the fastidious audiences for which he needed to write;
and after The Rival women, of which a small half is in rhyme,—and The Indian Queen (1664), a play fullyyt rhymed, during which he assisted his brother-in-law Sir Robert Howard,—he introduced out, early in 1665, his tragedy of The Indian Emperor, which, just like the Indian Queen, is thoroughly rhymed all through. within the enforced rest which his place of dwelling at Charlton through the plague introduced him, he proposal over the complete sub ject, and this Essay of Dramatic Poesy used to be the result.
In the process time Dryden transformed kind of the judgment in favour of rhyme which he had given within the Essay. within the prologue to the tragedy of Aurung-zebe, or the nice multi-millionaire (6*i^, he says that he unearths it tougher to thrill himself than his viewers, and is vulnerable to rattling his personal play :—
Not that it truly is worse than what earlier than he writ,
But he has now one other style of wit; And,
to confess a fact, notwithstanding out of time,
Grows weary of his long-loved mistress, Rhyme. —
Passion, he proceeds, is just too fierce to be sure in fetters; and the feel of Shakespeare's unapproachable superiority, —Shakespeare, whose masterpieces dispense with rhyme, —inclines him to give up the level altogether. however his unique contention,—however less than the strain of dejection, and the experience might be of flagging powers, he might afterwards were keen to desert it,—cannot be frivolously put aside as both vulnerable or unimportant; some extent on which I shall have whatever to assert almost immediately. 5 severe questions are dealt with within the Essay, viz.— i. The relative advantages of old and glossy poets.
2. even if the present French institution of drama is greater or not so good as the English.
3. even if the Elizabethan dramatists have been in all issues greater to these of Dry den's personal time.
4. no matter if performs arc extra ideal in share as they comply with the dramatic ideas laid down by means of the ancients.
5. no matter if the substitution of rhyme for clean verse in severe performs is an improvement.
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An essay of dramatic poesy. Edited with notes by Thomas Arnold. 3d ed., rev. by William T. Arnold