1675 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dryden

Edward Phillips, in Theatrum Poetarum (1675) 2:107-08.



John Driden, Poet Laureat, and Historiographer to His present Majesty; with whom such hath been the approbation and acceptance his Poetry hath obtained, especially what he hath written of Drama with wonderful success to the Theater Royal, viz. Comedies, several abounding with no vulgar wit and ingenuity, as the Maiden Queen, the Wild Gallant, the Mock Astrologer, Marriage a la mode, the Amourous Old Woman, the Assignation: Tyrannic Love, and Amboyona Tragedies; besides Historical Drama's; viz. the Indian Emperor, and two parts of the Conquest of Granada, in which if he have indulg'd a little too much to the French way of continual Rime and interlacing of History with ascititious Love and Honour, I am apt to impute it rather to his complying with the modyfied and gallentish humour of the time, than to his own well examined judgment.