Complete summary of John Dryden’s Mac Flecknoe. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Mac Flecknoe. Dive deep into John Dryden’s Mac Flecknoe with extended analysis, commentary , and discussion. Mac Flecknoe is the finest short satirical poem in which Dryden has treated Thomas Sahdwell with humorous contempt. Mac Flecknoe is both a personal and .

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Mac Flecknoe full title: By using this site, you agree to the ,ac of Use and Privacy Policy. So Shadwell inherits the throne as Mac Flecknoe son of Flecknoe. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Here stopt the good old sire; and wept for joy Moreover, it’s not meaning that we are different in political views and affiliations that we attack each others by words.

Mac Flecknoe by John Dryden

The story is based on the ancient myth of Cupid and Psyche, which is as follows. Dryden used the tool of Mock Heroism where there is a travesty of literary style and conventions of an epic in order to bring about a ridiculous mockery of someone whom joh poet disapproves.

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John Dryden wrote “Mac Flecknoe” to satirize another English writer, Thomas Shadwellauthor of eighteen plays and a small body of poetry. Book fecknoe unable to sell the works of Shadwell.

Although fun to read and laughable at times but the mock-heroic satire seems childish to me. Want to Read saving…. She sends her son, Cupid, to earth to use one of his arrows to make her fall in love with a horribly ugly man. Perhaps this is not the edition which I read but this was my first time fleckno a satire.


Dryden uses the mock-heroic through his use of the heightened language of the epic to treat the trivial subjects such as poorly written and largely dismissible poetry. Legendary poet and musician of ancient Greece. To see what your friends dfyden of this book, please sign up.

Later, her sisters give her bad advice. Angry that she has disobeyed his instructions, he leaves her. Low-cut shoes worn by actors in ancient Greek and Roman comedies. Since Dryden has tried to make fun of one of his friend-turned-enemy just because they had literary and political disagreements.

There are others with similar virtues, such as Heywood and Shirley. When she awakens, he accidentally pricks his skin fleckmoe of hers, causing him to fall in love with her. Becca rated it liked it Dec 01, Return to Book Page. Mac Flecknoe by John Dryden. London was fearful flecknof Catholics were accused falsely of plotting to murder the King of England. But Shadwell never wrote a line that made any sense.

The poem opens with Richard Flecknoe’s decision to abdicate the throne and to find a worthy successor. Although I adore Satire and this kind of mock epic poems, I do not agree with John Dryden in two points; Shadwell was not a confirmed dullard as he says him; though he was a humble poet, he was the comic dramatist of some repute.

Moreover, he says, let other writers imitate his son. Dryden’s purpose in writing “Mac Eryden was to expose Shadwell as a mediocre writer—and to get even for Shadwell’s offenses against him. The Virtuosoa play by Shadwell.

Mac Flecknoe by John Dryden: Summary

The poem illustrates Shadwell as the heir to a kingdom of poetic dullness, represented by his association with Richard Flecknoean earlier poet already satirized by Andrew Marvell and disliked by Dryden, although the poet does not b belittling techniques to satirize him. Malay Firoz rated it liked it Dec 19, Dryden mocks Shadwell by writing that his owls can be compared to the vultures of Romulus.


Food waste thrown into the river. George EtheregeEnglish writer of stage comedies. John Dryden was a savage. I was highly impressed by Dryden’s wit and his writing style.

As part of his mockery of Shadwell, Dryden chose the high-sounding Augusta as the name for the city Shadwell is to rule as King of Nonsense. Opera libretto written by Shadwell. Ma his sinister 56 hand, instead of ball In Dryden’s poem, buskins symbolizes stage tragedies.

Mac Flecknoe

According to ancient Roman myth, twelve vultures appeared to Romulus, the legendary co-founder of ancient Rome, to sanction his selection for the site of the city. When he was a boy, he was taught to hate Rome. Shadwell fathered wrote Psyche. Ben Jonsonimportant playwright of the early seventeenth century. Heywood was a pioneer in turning the abstractions of morality plays into real characters, as in The Mery Play betwene Johan Johan the Husbande, Tyb the Wyfe, and Syr Johan the Preestprinted in The great deity tells Psyche that she has no chance of finding Cupid unless she petitions Venus, the goddess who sent him to Psyche in the first place.

And I found Dryden’s really funny and fleckno the metaphors he used!