Happy Birthday John Dryden (1631)

John-DrydenJohn Dryden was an English poet, dramatist, and critic who so dominated the literary scene in Restoration England that the era is called the “Age of Dryden.” His Heroic Stanzas, commemorating the death of Oliver Cromwell, brought him fame in 1659, and his poetry celebrating the Restoration earned him the title of poet laureate in 1668. His later work includes poems Absalom and Achitophel and Mac Flecknoe.

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