Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Happy the Man
Happy The earth by lav Dryden John Dryden was born on 9 August in 1631 in a sm on the whole town in Northamptonshire, England, the eldest of 14 children, was an influential side poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who dominated the literary life of Restoration England to such(prenominal) a point that the period came to be known in literary circles as the Age of Dryden. Walter Scott called him illustrious John. 1 He was made Poet Laureate in 1668. As a humanist public school, Westminster maintained a political platform which trained pupils in the art of rhetoric and the presentation of arguments for both sides of a given issue.This is a skill which would remain with Dryden and influence his later constitution and thinking, as much of it displays these dialectical patterns. The Westminster curriculum also included hebdomadary translation assignments which developed Drydens capacity for assimilation. This was also to be exhibited in his later works. In 1650 Dryden wen t up to Trinity College, Cambridge.. Dryden died on April 30, 1700. Happy the Man is sublime in its brevity in defining happiness. Its a short metrical composition as compared to many of the larger writings of Glorious John, as Walter Scott called him.Yet, it encompasses some eternal truths for personal happiness. What a fantastic place Not Heaven itself upon the other(prenominal) has powerhow many people buy the farm valuable time worrying, regretting, fretting and wishing they could change the past? The things youve done or failed to do already cant be changed, except the future daytime is yours to shape. John Dryden is trying to explain that his life has been god and he is happy with what he has done all his life and evn if there are somethings in his past he cannot change and even if the future isnt so good he is still happy ,he did everything .Everything he has done he had enjoyed and he is still enjoying to this day . He is happy . I harbor had my hour ,means he has holdd his life . Work toward living each day to the fullest and owning your disappointments and failures as much as your successes fill the unforgiving minute with cardinal present moments worth of distance run, for a life that wont return you thinking only about the past, but rather constantly move on toward a brighter future. Notice how all of the end-of-couplet rhymes are end-stopped. Notice, besides that, how all of the situations are end-stopped.Compare this to Thomas Middletons Verse of just a genesis or so before. They make Middleton look like an Allen Ginsberg. Notice also, peculiarly with Dryden, how you can extract any one of his couplets and they will more or less make a complete syntactical unit. One sensible Sigh of hers to see me languish, Will more than pay the price of my past anguish The verse is regular Iambic Penta measuring stick with some variant, trochaic setoff feet. Dont be fooled by the following line, which some competency read as follows I can die with her, but not live without herHeres how Dryden means us to read it I can die with her, but not live without her When reading poetry, especially, from this period, always try to read with the meter. The last thing to notice about Drydens metrical composition is that, despite the tightly laced poetry, this poem is about sex, sex, sex. The meter itself Every single line oddment is a feminine ending a sort of metrical double entendre. Every rhyme of the poem is a feminine rhyme (otherwise known as a septuple rhyme) en-deavor/leave her please us/seize us. It is chalk full of adult double-entendres.Dont be fooled by the straight-laced formality of the poetry from this period. or so of the most depraved, erotic and sexual poetry ever written comes from this period. Dryden handling of tone in the first stanza tricks the reader into believing that the essence of the poem is about his love for his girlfriend or maybe his wife but it is much deeper than that. The last line of that stanza goes into what is to come of the nature of the poem. Furthermore the second stanza when considering the word usage further conveys the real theme.So whats the theme or the subject. line 7 Beware, O cruel fair how you smile on me. The causality in stanza one begins with the attraction he has with this woman then in stanza two it develops into the moment he has with this woman. This is noted by the use of line1,2,3 slam has in store for me one happy minute, Then no day void of bliss, or pleasure leaving, Ages shall slide international without perceiving. One Happy Moment by John Dryden because it exemplify the emotions matte up by the speaker, yet at the same time it views and feelings on the . Their situations and settings were that he was losing their lovers and feeling the agony of the moment. In both poems the speaker is anguished at the prospect I can die with her, but not live without her. (Dryden, Line 4)The speaker then comes to the conclusion that the on ly way to ward off the issue is a solution unfavored by all I cannot live with you-it would be life. . . , I could not die-with you. . . (Dickinson, Lines 1-2, 13) In Dickinsons case it is necessary, in Drydens case it is the only choice left.