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

Shadwell has a ‘goodly fabric that fills the eye’ He is the master of repetition; he is a faithful follower of bad poets like Heywood and Shirley. And though Shadwell may have passionate ideas in his head, Flecknoe says, they will die whenever he manifests them with his pen. Dullness and stupidly has byy projected as a heroic aspect throughout the book and Shadwell swears to take ignorance and folly to a new height.

Their quarrel blossomed from the following disagreements: In Dryden’s time, any of several London streets where people urinated.

Mac Flecknoe: a Study Guide

Summary Mac Flecknoe is the finest short satirical poem in which Dryden has treated Thomas Sahdwell with humorous contempt. Flecknoe’s choice falls upon Shadwell.


He published works by both Dryden and Shadwell. Text and Explanatory Notes.

Food waste thrown into the river. Meanwhile, Cupid can no longer endure separation from his beloved and asks Jupiter for help. Jacob Tonson published an edited and authorized copy of the poem in London in as part of a Dryden collection entitled Miscellany Poems.

Flecknoe, with parental pride, dwells on his son’s achievements.

Don’t let false friends make you think that you are carrying on in the tradition of Ben Jonson. All arguments, Flecknoe points out, lead to the conclusion that for “anointed dullness” Shadwell is made. Mac Flecknoe full title: Moreover, he says, let other writers imitate his son.

Mac Flecknoe by John Dryden

When she awakens, he accidentally pricks his skin instead of hers, causing him to fall in love with her. Dryden used jkhn 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 the poet disapproves.

He praises his son and successor who would rule from Ireland to Barbadoes.

Flecknoe assumed the throne as King vryden Nonsense when he was young. Shadwell is so witless and, therefore, perfect for the throne that he does no more thinking than a monarch oak shading a plain. There is a constructive criticism we can use in commenting on others.


Instead, he need only trust his natural instincts, and dullness will pour forth. Walter Scott called him “Glorious John. Richard Flecknoe was an English dramatist and poet whose writing was ridiculed by poet Andrew Marvellas well as Dryden. The name of his kingdom is Nonsense.

Mac Flecknoe by John Dryden: Summary

He is seen as dominating the literary life of Restoration England to such a point that the period came Librarian Note: Ben Jonsonimportant playwright of the early seventeenth century. Dryden creates an aura around Shadwell but the comic effect comes in with puns, i John Dryden’s Mac Flecknoe is a satire on his literary rival Thomas Shadwell.

He decided to avenge himself on Shadwell and Dryden fully revenged himself by the publication of Mac Flecknoe in Shadwell dedicated some of his plays to the Duke of Newcastle. In Dryden’s poem, buskins symbolizes stage tragedies.