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 this flec,noe, he was not unlike Augustus Caesar, who became emperor of Rome when he, too, was a young. Character in Shadwell’s The Virtuoso He wrote the prologue for Shadwell’s play Epsom Wells. Dryden lampoons Shadwell mercilessly, although he avoids sarcasm and harangue.

Hand used to beat out the rhythms of verse in the same way that one would beat thresh grain from husks. In both these poems the characters are indirectly named.

Readers of “Mac Flecknoe” find their worlds linguistically turned upside down; princes are turned into dunces and prophets are turned into idiots. Formerly; at one time; at an earlier time.

Mac Flecknoe by John Dryden: Summary

Epsom Wellsa play Shadwell staged in This is that boasted bias of thy mind76 By which one way, to dullness, ’tis inclin’d, James Shirleya minor English playwright. This Flecknoe 1 found, who, like Augustus, young Was call’d to empire2 and had govern’d long: Dryden uses the name here to support the poem as a mock epic. Allusion to a school for children training to be actors. The person who would succeed as king. Mac Flecknoe is a mock-heroic poem. In versification, an iamb is a metric foot consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable.


His brows thick fogs, instead of glories, grace, In Dryden’s time, any of several London streets where flceknoe urinated.

Mac Flecknoe by John Dryden: Summary

In Absalom and Acltophel Dryden mirrors the English life of the time, in a vigorous manner. The tragic scenes make people laugh; the scenes that are supposed to be funny put them to sleep. But Shadwell never wrote a line that made any sense. After telling her that her mystery man is really a serpent, they advise her to light a lamp while he is sleeping, then kill him with a knife.

Dryden and Shadwell had once treated each other amicably but became enemies because of their differing views on the following: However, just as in the context of the satire Shadwell is succeeding to the throne of dullness, so does he take command of the backwards, circular philosophy of tautology as a prophet.

However, the effect of this arouses neither anger nor sympathy in the reader, but laughter. The Whig leaders are mercilessly subjected to satire.

Book pages used as toilet fledknoe. 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. Satirical Analysis of Mac Flecknoe and Absalom and Achitophel by John Dryden Dryden, who was the greatest literary figure of the Restoration period achieved remarkable success in analyxis every class of literature, and in his work we have an excellent reflection of the second half of the 17th century.


Characters in Shadwell’s The Virtuoso. The only difference between Shadwell and them, he says, will be their names. Twelve vultures heralded his reign. Mac Flecknoe is a personal satire. To whom true dullness should some Psyches owe, The satire was as bitter as Butler’s but less grotesque and less laboured. So Shadwell inherits the throne as Mac Flecknoe son of Flecknoe.

Shadwell dedicated some of his plays to the Duke of Newcastle.

London was fearful because Catholics were accused falsely of plotting to murder the King of England. Psyche is a young woman so beautiful that the goddess of love, Venus, becomes jealous. Angry that she has disobeyed his instructions, he leaves her.

Mac Flecknoe

From its old ruins brothel-houses rise, High boots worn by actors in ancient Greek and Roman tragedies. Bakers used book pages under pie crusts as we would use paper towels or napkins.

Satire flecknle wit and humor as a device of ridicule by transforming the meanings of words. 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 A play by Richard Flecknoe.

Resigned to his fate, he sang a song to the accompaniment of his lyre, then jumped overboard.