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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Character in The Humorists. Their quarrel blossomed from the following disagreements: London was fearful because Catholics were accused falsely of plotting to murder the King of England. Seat of Norfolk County in eastern England. She sends her son, Cupid, to earth to use one of his arrows to make her fall in love with a horribly ugly man. A phrase that appears in a Shadwell play entitled The Virtuoso.

Once Flecknoe has chosen Shadwell as his successor, the news gets a wide publicity. Mac means son of.

Flecknoe sits on a throne with Shadwell, and “lambent dullness plyed around his Shadwell’s face. Becca rated it liked it Dec 01, Here Dekker had once dryven that a mighty prince who would declare an eternal war against wit and sense should rule, producing dull classics like Psyche, The Miser and The Humorists. Instead of carpets, there fryden the remains of neglected poets; bad poets like Ogleby come out from their dusty shops.


Mac Flecknoe

After lighting the lamp, she sees Cupid for the first time and accidentally scratches herself with one of his jhn. Court musician and singer. The only difference between Shadwell and them, he says, will be their names. Catherine rated it it was ok Sep 19, Low-cut shoes worn by actors in ancient Greek and Roman comedies.

Among his sons, Shadwell is the fittest for he resembles him most in dullness. He tells her she must never light a candle, for he does not wish to reveal his identity right away. Rahul rated it really liked it Nov 15, Ben Jonsonimportant playwright of the early seventeenth century. While still speaking Flecknoe disappears through a trap door.

Summary Absalom and Achitophel: The tone of the poem is mischievous and mocking. Later, her sisters give her bad advice. There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. For example, a mock epic about an inconsequential U. Hand used to beat out the rhythms of verse in the same way that one would beat thresh grain from husks. Thoughtless as monarch oaks, that shade the plain, And, spread in solemn state, supinely reign.

Mac Flecknoe by John Dryden: Summary

The poem is written entirely in dryyden two successive rhyming lines. There is a constructive criticis First of all, the poem makes me sympathize with the heir to throne of dullness, Thomas Shadwell, but some laughter. The poem opens with Richard Flecknoe’s decision to abdicate the throne and to find a worthy successor.


A play by Richard Flecknoe. Legendary poet and musician of ancient Greece. His brows thick fogs, instead of glories, grace, Works by John Dryden. From its old ruins brothel-houses rise, Oct 19, Book Marked Shivani rated it it was amazing. John DrydneEnglish author of interludes, which were humorous, witty, or moralistic dialogues recited on a stage before or after a play or during an intermission.

Flecknoe’s choice falls upon Shadwell. The Misera stag comedy by Jjohn. Dryden used the 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.

Mac Flecknoe: a Study Guide

Vidhipssa rated it liked it Apr 30, Twelve vultures heralded his reign. Let Shadwell set his own songs to music and sing them. Food waste thrown into the river.

Dryden uses the mock-heroic through his flecknow of the heightened language of the epic to treat the trivial subjects such as poorly written and largely dismissible poetry. Dryden lampoons Shadwell mercilessly, although he avoids sarcasm and harangue. Woolen or partly woolen fabric used to make clothing. Mac Flecknoe by John Dryden.