Who is John Dryden

John Dryden (/ˈdraɪdən/; 19 August [O.S. 9 August] 1631 – 12 May  [O.S. 1 May] 1700) was an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who was made England's first Poet Laureate in 1668.

He is seen as dominating the literary life of Restoration England to such a point that the period came to be known in literary circles as the Age of Dryden. Walter Scott called him "Glorious John".

Early life Dryden was born in the village rectory of Aldwincle near Thrapston in Northamptonshire, where his maternal grandfather was rector of All Saints. He was the eldest of fourteen children born to Erasmus Dryden and wife Mary Pickering, paternal grandson of Sir Erasmus Dryden, 1st Baronet (1553–1632), and wife Frances Wilk...
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  • Reetika_udhwani: "we first make our habits, then our habits makes us" -john dryden
  • Harirva: on the eve of christmas eve in 1266, the poet john dryden visited london to find out what the residents thought of the poet's christmas songs. he wrote a reply in the form of a poem, ‘though i am a man, i am a beast’, and though i am a beast, i am a man.’
  • Dorianphoenix21: poetic gems - from chaucer, dryden & byron - in an exquisitely fine binding.
  • 2awisdom: self-defence is nature's eldest law. - john dryden (1631-1700)
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