John Dryden (1631-1700) was a English poet and dramatist, noted for his satirical verse and for his use of the heroic couplet.
His poetry includes the verse satire Absalom and Achitophel in 1681, Annus Mirabilis in 1667, and "St Cecilia's Day" in 1687. Plays include the comedy "Marriage d la Mode" in 1671 and "All for Love" in 1678, a reworking of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra.
On occasion, Dryden trimmed his politics and his religion to the prevailing wind, and, as a Roman Catholic convert under James II, lost the post of poet laureate (to which he had been appointed in 1688) at the Revolution of 1688.
Critical works include Essay on Dramatic Poesy in 1668. Later ventures to support himself include a translation of Virgil in 1697.
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John Dryden was an influential English poet, translator and playwright.