Time to Begin Anew: Dryden's Georgics and Aeneis

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Bucknell University Press, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 263 pages
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Time to Begin Anew places Dryden's translations of Virgil's Georgics and Aeneis firmly in the context of late seventeenth-century literary and political dilemmas and transitions. Arguing that these translations are important documents in a watershed period of English literature, this study demonstrates that they are not hackwork or party pieces. This book also demonstrates both the continuities with and departures from Dryden's own early works, particularly his Virgilian poems, showing both the wholeness of his literary career and its diversity.

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On Equal Terms with Ancient Wit Engaging
Satire will have room whereer I write
Studying Natures Laws
Heavn will exercise us to the last
Safe in ourselves while on ourselves we stand
Towards a Carmen Perpetuum
Monuments of Woes
Thy Wars Brought Nothing About
Jove was alike to Latian and Phrygian
Thy Lovers Were All Untrue
Now let us go where Phoebus leads the way
Time To Begin Anew


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Tanya Caldwell is an assistant professor of English at Georgia State University.

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