Absalom and Achitophel, verse satire by English poet John Dryden published in The poem, which is written in heroic couplets, is about the Exclusion crisis . Complete summary of John Dryden’s Absalom and Achitophel. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Absalom and Achitophel. This poem is a mock epic. A mock epic mirrors aspects of a traditional epic but is intended to promote humor through its witty portrayal of characters. A mock epic.

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Titles and names ’twere tedious to rehearse Of lords, below the dignity of verse. Achitophel, though, is not satisfied with this suggestion.

This arch-attester for abzalom public good [] By that one deed ennobles all his blood. A second allegory in the poem, beginning on lineis the Parable of the Prodigal Sonwhich can be found in the New Testament in the Gospel of Lukechapter 15, verse Him he attempts with studied arts to please, And sheds his venom in such words as these.

And laws are vain, by which we right enjoy, If kings unquestioned can those laws destroy.

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Here he seems to stands for Lord Stafford, a Catholic who had been accused of treason by Oates. The unequal ruler of the day: It refers here to the Popish Plot see the note on line 83 above.

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Then let them take an unresisted course; [] Retire, and traverse, and delude their force: Him staggering so, when hell’s dire agent found, While fainting virtue scarce maintained her ground, He pours fresh forces in, and thus replies: Yale University Press These led the pack; though not of surest scent, Yet deepest mouthed against the government.

My father governs with unquestioned right, The faith’s defender, and mankind’s delight; Good, gracious, just, observant of the laws; And heaven by wonders has espoused his cause. If any leisure-time he had from power,— Because ’tis sin to misemploy an hour,—. Swift was the race, but short the time to run.


Such frugal virtue malice may accuse; But sure ’twas necessary to the Jews: He defended the king from his uncle’s attacks, and Dryden gave him credit for helping to defeat the Exclusion Ddyden.

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Absalom and Achitophel

Achitophel still wants a chief, and none [] Was found so fit as warlike Absalon. Or how could heavenly justice damn drycen all, Who ne’er consented to our father’s fall?

Absalom is killed against David’s explicit commands after getting caught by his hair in the thick branches of a great oak tree: Then kings are slaves to those whom they command, [] And tenants to their people’s pleasure stand. Jonas abslom, that is, Jonah, who was angry that God had saved Nineveh after he had prophesied its destruction.

So, the small poem was directed to the changing the monarchy, no less. Dryden uses the fatherly indulgence of David lines to explore the legitimacy of Absalom’s succession. It was designed to be a defense against French expansion. We see that Absalom is ready to absxlom his devotion to parents — he just started from the least important one for him. In squandering wealth was his peculiar art; Nothing went unrewarded but desert.

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Nor doubt the event; for factious crowds engage, In their first onset, all their brutal rage. Now, free from earth, thy disencumbered soul [] Mounts up, and leaves behind the clouds and starry pole: He bitterly rejects his mother — a terrible sin to the Biblical and modern moral standards — just for being born of low origin.


Your e-mail goes here. They here stand for the Puritan preachers who were penalized by the Act of Uniformity in David sent him back to Jerusalem to await God’s judgment. Absalom and Achitophel has inspired a great deal of discussion regarding satire: The court he practised, not the courtier’s art: Samson brought down the house by shaking the pillars, killing himself along with his captors. Works by John Dryden. Agsalom uses an old story, The Prodigal Son, to create a clear picture of how self-indulgent love creates unfair conflict.


From thence thy kindred legions may’st thou bring, To qchitophel the guardian angel of thy king. Some of their chiefs were princes of the land: We, as readers, are now unsure that Achitophel needs only the power and the crown for himself. For close designs, and crooked counsels fit; Sagacious, bold, and turbulent of wit; Restless, unfixed in principles and place; In power unpleased, impatient of disgrace; [] A fiery soul, which, working out its way, Fretted the pigmy-body to decay, And o’er-informed the tenement of clay.

Dryden based his work on a biblical incident recorded in 2 Samuel 13— These out of mere instinct, they knew not why, [] Adored their fathers’ God, and property; And, by the same blind benefit of fate, The devil and the Jebusite did hate; Born to be saved, even in their own despite, Because they could not help believing right.

Absalom and Achitophel by John Dryden

Achitophel was the counselor of King David who later ahsalom him and advised Absalom to rebel against his father. From now on, the achitophle of Achitophel is outright demonised. Youth, beauty, graceful action seldom fail; But common interest always will prevail; And pity never ceases to be shown [] To him who makes the people’s wrongs his own. But these were random bolts; no formed design, Nor interest made the factious crowd to join: