A Glossary of John Dryden’s Critical Terms by H. James Jensen

By H. James Jensen

A thesaurus of John Dryden's severe phrases used to be first released in 1969. Minnesota Archive variants makes use of electronic expertise to make long-unavailable books once more available, and are released unaltered from the unique collage of Minnesota Press editions.

Although John Dryden is, as Samuel Johnson defined him, the daddy of recent feedback, his serious writings are tricky for twentieth-century readers to appreciate and get pleasure from. a part of the matter lies within the indisputable fact that some of the severe phrases which Dryden used have replaced or elevated in which means considering that his time. by means of offering a chain of glosses of seventeenth-century severe phrases, this quantity clarifies and illuminates Dryden's paintings for contemporary readers and scholars.

Professor Jensen has catalogued each very important notice that Dryden utilized in discussing serious concerns, no matter if approximately paintings, literature, or tune. as well as masking all of Dryden's works, the word list encompasses works of different very important 17th century critics, between them, John Milton, Ben Johnson, and Thomas Rymer.

The constitution of the thesaurus is straightforward: lower than each one note there's a normal definition and, if wanted, an essay at the word's beginning, historical past, and basic utilization. Then some of the specific meanings of the observe are given, and less than each one definition are indexed the critics, the works, the variants, and the web page numbers the place the be aware is used with that individual which means. chosen quotations abound, substantiating the text.

The booklet may be worthwhile for college kids and academics in 17th and eighteenth-century literature classes and for students doing complicated examine. scholars will achieve an knowing of the advance of severe although via interpreting the essays within the Glossary. smooth students of recovery literature will locate new principles right here in addition to affirmation of a few older conjectures approximately Dryden.

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VDG 154. EDP 76, PO 234. ) Elision. " See Breaking. DAV 235, 235, 236. ) The resolution of a play, the climax of the action. The place in a play where all things settle back to their "first foundation," where all the obstacles which hindered the action are removed; and the play "ends with that resemblance of truth and nature that the audience are satisfied with the conduct of it" (I. 33). See also Conclusion, Discovery, Unravelling, Untying. DLT 374. See also Rymer (Z) 48. ) Watson's Gloss: "The term is never used by Dryden, though he twice borrows Aristotle's medical analogy of the purge in Poetics, ch.

Alexander (Spingarn I. " Davenant, however (Spingarn II. 22), says that conceits are low. Cowley (Spingarn II. " And Phillips (Spingarn II. 266) says, "An epigram is ... the fag end of poetry . . PEL 148, DECG 178, 182, POE 269. (3) Epigrammatic wit (with overtones of def. PS 22. ) (1) The emotional involvement (of an audience) effected by great art, especially high tragedy. "Concernment" is proportionate 32 CONTRIVANCE to the greatness of the tragic action. The more important the action, the greater is our anxiety.

PAA 38, DCOPS 136. APa 349. ) See Elegance. An elegancy is any particular trait or well44 ELEVATED used stylistic device which helps give a style elegance. EDP 31, 39. PAA 40, PEP 164, PPBPP 203. Jonson 34, 34, 35, 47, 87, 88, 89; Phillips (Spingarn) II. 271 (an elegancy is artificial). PDS 46, DCOPS 84. (4) Of numbers (verse): II. DCOPS 130. , which has within him or it the quality of elegance. See Elegance. See also Art. "Artful" can describe something rough, and refers more to rhetoric. "Elegant" is more a term of aesthetics.

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