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Learn More in these related Britannica articles: The juxtaposition of the lofty style with unexpected nouns such as ‘dullness’ provides an ironic contrast and makes the satiric point by the obvious disparity.

John Dryden wrote “Mac Flecknoe” to satirize another English writer, Thomas Shadwellauthor of eighteen plays and a small body of poetry. But Shadwell never wrote a line that made any sense. Limberham; or, the Kind Keeper Oedipus Amphitryon It opens with the lines: Books and parts nohn books covers, pages.

The fleckneo who would succeed as king. Bum refers to the buttocks. Mac Flecknoe by John Dryden: At the time of consecration twelve owls fly over the spot. Allusion to a school for children training to be actors. He also dispatches Mercury to earth to bring Psyche to the abode of the gods.

Mac Flecknoe is both a personal and literary satire. Early in the poem, Dryden uses hyperbole to stress the dimness of Shadwell’s imagination and creativity. Charles Dickens, English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian era. He advises him to advance ignorance and to promote dullness. Character in Shadwell’s Psyche.


The proud father of Shadwell hopes that his son’s domain will one day encompass all the earth and that he will produce new dull plays to delight the dimwitted. Together with flecnoe derivatives,….

Mac Flecknoe | poem by Dryden |

To whom true dullness should some Psyches owe, In versification, a metric measure such as an iamb or a trochee. As part of his mockery of Shadwell, Dryden chose the high-sounding Augusta as the name for the city Shadwell is to rule as King of Nonsense. The king of the gods then persuades her to stop her scheming against Psyche. 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.

Mac Flecknoe by John Dryden: Summary

Defensive wall on Aldersgate Street in London. Flecknoe continues his eulogy of Shadwell’s merits by referring to his pretensions as a musician. The word august uh GUST means to inspire reverence and awe. The rest to some faint meaning make pretence, But Shadwell never deviates into sense. Flfcknoe unit of measure equal to 18 imperial gallons.

When a king of England was crowned, he received an orb along with a scepter as a symbol of his power. Perhaps, he says, Shadwell should quit writing plays and devote himself to acrostics. For inspiration, Shadwell should foecknoe his father rather than writers of wit, like Ben Jonson.

In some plays in the Dryden-Shadwell era, authors arranged short and long lines of verse to resemble the shape of objects such as wings or altars.

Thus, Dryden subverts the theme of the defining characteristic by giving Shadwell a negative characteristic as his only virtue. Book pages used as toilet paper. Retrieved from ” https: Hero of Dryden’s tragedy, Tyrannic Love.


Mac Flecknoe

He decided to avenge himself on Shadwell and Dryden fully revenged himself by the publication of Mac Flecknoe in The story is based on the ancient myth of Cupid and Psyche, which is as follows.

So Shadwell inherits the throne as Mac Flecknoe son of Flecknoe. Legendary poet and musician of ancient Greece. Even Flecknoe, ‘a dunce of more renown than they’ is inferior to his son.

Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. Angry that she has disobeyed his instructions, he leaves her.

Psyche is a young woman so beautiful that the goddess of love, Venus, becomes jealous. Dryden presents Shadwell as a dull poetaster, a corpulent man and a plagiarist.

Food waste thrown into the river. There are others with similar virtues, such as Heywood and Shirley. Jacob Tonson dfyden an edited and authorized copy of the poem in London in as part of a Dryden collection entitled Miscellany Poems. Cupid, invisible to human eyes, enters her chamber while she is sleeping.