43 Great Quotes By John Dryden, England’s First Poet Laureate
Aldwincle, Northamptonshire, England
John Dryden was a famous English poet who was made the first Poet Laureate of England. He also worked as a literary critic, translator and playwright. The flexibility in his forms of writing marked him as a legend of the 17th century. He was one of the greatest poets and often compared to playwrights such as William Shakespeare and Ben Johnson. His mastery in prose, translation and literary criticism was unchallenged by his contemporaries. In his early days he worked with the civil service and wrote his first notable poem ‘Heroic Stanzas’ dedicated to the death of Lord Protector Cromwell. He further wrote poems which reflected his faith in the new government, and wrote poems for the masses which constituted a majority of his income. During the restoration period he got many opportunities to write plays but failed to justify his reputation. He then minimized his work as a playwright and started writing essays, poems and satires. His satires are believed to give a new direction and boomed the reputation of English satires. In his final years, he translated and simplified the classic English literary work for a living. The below collection of John Dryden’s most famous quotes have been excerpted from his writings, poems, satires, essays, plays, prose and thoughts. This collection of quotes by John Dryden is the easiest way to know his level of wisdom and his perspective of life.