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The Golden Age of English Poetry (06:31)


The Augustan age was a time of great change and upheaval in England, and the poets of the time responded to this by looking back to the great days of Roman literature.

John Dryden (02:40)

John Dryden was a difficult character to fully appreciate, but he was one of the great poets of the English Augustine age.

John Dryden Writes Annus Mirabilis (02:27)

John Dryden's Annus Mirabilis is a poem about the events of 1666, written in the heroic couplet.

Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel (02:51)

Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel is a poem of biblical inspiration that is actually a thinly veiled attack on political leaders opposed to the succession of James, the Duke of York.

Dryden, Pope, and Swift (05:27)

The Augustan age was a time of great political and literary achievement with Dryden, Pope, and Swift all writing some of their best work.

Alexander Pope: Early Influences (01:42)

Pope was a great poet who was influenced by Dryden. He wrote an essay on criticism that is considered a masterpiece.

An Overview of Pope's Essay (03:28)

Pope's Essay on Criticism is a great poem that teaches its readers how to become not only critics but writers.

Essays on Criticism and Satire (04:00)

Pope's Rape of the Lock is a satirical poem that uses mock epic conventions to poke fun at the inflated sense of importance of some individuals.

The Rape of the Lock (04:50)

Pope's The Rape of the Lock is a great poem that celebrates the trivial and demonstrates the power of poetry to keep things permanent.

Samuel Johnson's Lifeline (09:00)

Samuel Johnson is a famous English man of letters who was born in 1709 and wrote poetry and satire. He is most famous for his poems; London and The Vanity of Human Wishes.

Samuel Johnson's Biography (06:13)

The Augustan Age of English poetry is a time period in which three great poets, John Dryden, Alexander Pope, and Samuel Johnson wrote witty and satirical poetry that reflects on the public responsibilities of poets.

Credits (00:40)


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Augustan Poets

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This enlightening guide to the work of the Augustan Poets includes the works of the poets Alexander Pope and John Dryden. Powerful readings and authentic filmed recreations combine to place the poets and their work in historical context. Themes such as prejudice, contempt, are analyzed and explained.

Length: 50 minutes

Item#: BVL210185

Copyright date: ©2006

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