Absalom and Achitophel, verse satire by English poet John Dryden published in The poem, which is written in heroic couplets, is about the Exclusion crisis . Complete summary of John Dryden’s Absalom and Achitophel. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Absalom and Achitophel. This poem is a mock epic. A mock epic mirrors aspects of a traditional epic but is intended to promote humor through its witty portrayal of characters. A mock epic.

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Dryden, “Absalom and Achitophel”

The death of his son, Absalom, causes David enormous personal grief. With how few tears a pardon might be won From nature, pleading for a darling son! For laws are only made to punish those [] Who serve the king, and to protect his foes. Why am I forced, like heaven, against my mind, [] To make examples of another kind?

What wonders are reserved to bless your reign! In his poem, Dryden assigns each figure in the crisis a biblical name; e.

Absalom and Achitophel

That Absalom, ambitious of the crown, Was made the lure to draw the people down: It refers here to the English Parliament. Absalom and Achitophel is a celebrated satirical poem by John Drydenwritten in heroic couplets and first published in When Saul took Agag prisoner, however, Samuel told him that God was angry with him.


Yet if the crowd be judge of fit and just, [] And kings are only officers in trust, Then this resuming covenant was declared When kings were made, or is for ever barred. His cooks, with long disuse, their trade forgot; [] Cool was his kitchen, though his brains were hot. Yale University Press It paints Buckinghaman old enemy of Dryden’s see The Rehearsal for one exampleinto Zimrithe unfaithful servant.

The most may err as grossly as the few; And faultless kings run down by common cry, For vice, oppression, and for tyranny. Oh, that my power to saving were confined!

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Desire of power, on earth a vicious weed, [] Yet, sprung from high, is of celestial seed; In God ’tis glory; and when men aspire, ‘Tis but a spark too much of heavenly fire.

Ours was a Levite, and, as times went then, His tribe were God Almighty’s gentlemen. What others in his evidence did join, The best that could be had for love or coin, In Corah’s own predicament will fall: It was a common idea at that time that bastards were better than their legitimate counterparts.

Absalom and Achitophel has inspired a great deal of discussion regarding satire: Here he seems to stands for Lord Stafford, a Catholic who had been accused of treason by Oates. Porridge was term used by Nonconformists to mean the Book of Common Prayer. Yet some there were, even in the worst of days; [] Some let me name, and naming is to praise.


Oates claimed to have a Doctorate of Divinity from the University of Salamanca. Nor would the royal party e’er unite [] With Pharaoh’s arms to assist the Jebusite; Or, if they should, their interest soon would break, And with such odious aid make David weak.

Not so the rest; for several mothers bore To godlike David several sons before.

Absalom and Achitophel by John Dryden

God said, he loved your father; could he bring A better proof, than to anoint him king? The Cambridge Guide to English Literature.

Thank You for Your Contribution! And who can sound the depth of David’s soul?

The unequal ruler of the day: Here he stands for John Sheffield, 3rd earl of Mulgrave. When David’s renowned advisor, Achitophel Achitophel in the Vulgate joins Absalom’s rebellion, another advisor, Hushai, plots with David to pretend to defect and give Absalom advice that plays into David’s hands. He also suggests that in Absalom and Achitophel he did not let the satire be too sharp to those who were least corrupt: This is a point of no return for Absalom.

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