Summary, annotated text, historical background, analysis, and more. Mac Flecknoe Or a Satire Upon the True-Blue-Protestant Poet T. S.. A Poem by John . Mac Flecknoe is a verse mock-heroic satire written by John Dryden. It is a direct attack on Thomas Shadwell, another prominent poet of the time. It opens with the . Satirical Analysis of Mac Flecknoe and Absalom and Achitophel by John Dryden. Dryden, who was the greatest literary figure of the Restoration period achieved.

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In the poem “Mac Flecknoe,” the element of surprise and a complete transformation of the values of words is what produces humor. Dryden’s purpose in writing “Mac Flecknoe” was to expose Shadwell as a mediocre writer—and to get even for Shadwell’s offenses against him. The only difference between Shadwell and them, he says, will be their names.

In some plays in the Dryden-Shadwell era, authors arranged short and long lines of verse to resemble the shape of objects such as wings or altars. Don’t compare your large belly to Jonson’s. He decided to avenge himself on Shadwell and Dryden fully revenged himself by the publication of Mac Flecknoe in A that means was called. But with the help of those who pity her—including a river god—she achieves success. James Shirleya minor English playwright. In flecnkoe sinister 56 hand, instead of ball Flecknoe sits on a throne with Shadwell, and “lambent dullness plyed around his Shadwell’s face.


Analjsis poem begins in the tone of an epic masterpiece, presenting Shadwell’s defining characteristic as dullness, just as every epic hero has a defining characteristic: But Mac Flecknoe is not of temporal or local interests, and the portrait of Shadwell is both typical and individual so that the satire becomes a defamation against vice and folly in the abstract”.

Mac Flecknoe – Wikipedia

Perhaps, he says, Shadwell should quit writing plays and devote himself to acrostics. However, satire is much more than a means of slandering under the guise of humor.

Food waste thrown into the river. Ward writes, “Absalom and Achitophel remains the greatest political satire in our abalysis, partly because it is frankly political and not intended, like Hudibrasby means of a mass of accumulated detail to convey a general impression of the vices and follies, defect and extravagances, of a particular section or particular section of the nation.

Specifically, a sudden imbalance in diction triggers a sense of confusion as the reader struggles to place familiar words within an unusual context. The Whig leaders are mercilessly subjected to satire. In this enclosed section of London, freelance mxc make a living selling everything from epitaphs to parliamentary speeches. Flecknoe crowns Shadwell and bursts into prophecy.

Mac Flecknoe by John Dryden: Summary

Dryden then analyais the place chosen by Flecknoe for Shadwell’s analysiis. Although the idea of human waste as a red carpet for a King seems preposterous, it becomes more so when considering the King to be a Messiah.

For a complete discussion of meter in poetry and verse, click here. Character in Shadwell’s The Virtuoso Jacob Tonson published an edited and authorized copy of the poem in London in as part of a Dryden collection entitled Miscellany Poems.


Mac Flecknoe: a Study Guide

Text and Explanatory Notes. Only the political and dramatic activities of Shadwell are mentioned, and his corpulent person is made fun of.

Shadwell and Dryden were separated not only by literary grounds but also by political ones as Shadwell was a Whigwhile Dryden was fleckboe outspoken supporter of the Stuart monarchy. They arrange for Sir Formal Trifle see No. So Shadwell inherits the throne as Mac Flecknoe son of Flecknoe.

It opens with the lines: Dryden presents Shadwell as a dull poetaster, a corpulent man and a plagiarist.

Defensive wall on Aldersgate Street in London. The satiric perspective which transformed the values of the words analsis and “dullness” above can also be applied to the words “ambitiously,” “mighty,” and “pile” in this description.

Given this understanding, the line, “Martyrs of pies, relics of the bum,” is a combination of the highest register, the divine, and the lowest register, human refuse. Rather, satire is amusing because the new meanings of words expose a formerly unnoticed, insightful truth about the old.