Dryden was a famous English poet, best known for his satirical poetry. His Absalom and Achitophel characters is considered as one of his best political satire. His Absalom and Achitophel is the greatest political satire in our literature, and the rest of his satires are very highly esteemed. Dryden has. Having said this, John Dryden wrote Absalom and Achitophel as a satire to instigate political reform. The era was that during which a faction in England was .

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Using references from one poem from each writer, satrie how and why each uses satire and wit as a cutting sword. There were mountains of governmental and religious issues occurring in the era of Dryden and Swift and these two witty men penned their standings into poetry and tales of adventure. He uses numerous moments of humor to make fun of the religious situation between the Catholics and the Protestants and also the political drama after the death of King Charles.


Lines through are just on example of the satire Dryden weaved into his poem. What means he then, to alienate the crown? The name of godly he may blush to bear: As I read this poem, I got the feeling that Swift was implying that, when national tragedy strikes when it rainsno matter what class of citizen you are or political party you elong to, you have the same reaction as everyone else.

The King on down to the poorest peasant shares the need to survive. Democrats, Republicans, Liberals, and every other political party came together under tragedy. This poem made me see the bond of nationality all over again.

Politics and Satire in John Dryden’s Absalom and Achitophel by Harrison Benett on Prezi

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