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Discourses on Satire & Epic Poetry
John Dryden

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This etext was prepared by David Price, email ccx074@coventry.ac.uk
from the 1888 Cassell & Company edition. 

DISCOURSES ON SATIRE AND ON EPIC POETRY 

by John Dryden 

INTRODUCTION. 

Dryden's discourses upon Satire and Epic Poetry belong to the latter
years of his life, and represent maturer thought than is to be found
in his "Essay of Dramatic Poesie." That essay, published in 1667,
draws its chief interest from the time when it was written.  A Dutch
fleet was at the mouth of the Thames.  Dryden represents himself
taking a boat down the river with three friends, one of them his
brother-in-law Sir Robert Howard, another Sir Charles Sedley, and
another Charles Sackville Lord Buckhurst to whom, as Earl of Dorset,
the "Discourse of Satire" is inscribed.  They go down the river to

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