Absalom and Achitophel was originally published in November (a “second The text of this on-line edition is based on that in The Works of John Dryden. To begin the analysis of the poem we should at first say a few words about John Dryden, the man who wrote “Absalom and Achitophel”, the political situation in. Absalom and Achitophel study guide contains a biography of John Dryden, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a.

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And laws are vain, by which we right enjoy, If kings unquestioned can those laws destroy.

He, only he, can make the nation bleed, [] And he alone from my revenge is freed. Thus formed by nature, furnished out with arts, He glides unfelt into their secret hearts.

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He bitterly rejects his mother — a terrible sin to the Biblical and modern moral standards — just for being born of low origin. He takes his life, who takes away his trade. And, if they cursed the king when he was by, Would rather curse than break good company.

His memory, miraculously great, [] Could plots, exceeding man’s belief, repeat; Which therefore cannot be accounted lies, For human wit could never such devise. Fables, Ancient and Modern Retrieved 28 November Mild, easy, humble, studious of our good, [] Inclined to mercy, and averse from blood. Drydne some of the most interesting and trending topics of Leave the warm people no considering time; For then rebellion may be thought a crime.

Now, manifest of crimes contrived long since, He stood at bold defiance with his prince; [] Held up the buckler of the people’s cause Against the crown, and skulked behind the laws.

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Achtiophel next for interest sought to embroil the state, To sell their duty at a dearer rate, And make their Jewish markets of the throne; Pretending public good, to serve their own. What strength can he to your designs oppose, Naked of friends, and round beset with foes?

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Just mere seconds later, Absalom is horrified by his own words and his weakness, but it is too late: The most may err as grossly as the few; And faultless kings run down by common cry, For vice, oppression, and for tyranny.

His right, for sums of necessary gold, [] Shall first be pawned, and afterwards be sold; Till time shall ever-wanting David draw, To pass your doubtful title into law: Yet oh that fate, propitiously inclined, Had raised my birth, or had debased my mind; To my large soul not all her treasure lent, [] And then betrayed it to a mean descent! Not the boat in which Noah traveled, but the Ark of the Covenant.

For laws are only made to punish those [] Who serve the king, and to protect his foes.

Absalom and Achitophel by John Dryden

He points out that the people have the right to choose their own King, not being limited by noble David and his brother. Seeing this moment of achittophel, Achitophel doubles his efforts.

For close designs, and crooked counsels fit; Sagacious, bold, and turbulent of wit; Restless, unfixed in principles and place; In power unpleased, impatient of disgrace; [] A fiery soul, which, working out its way, Fretted the pigmy-body to decay, And o’er-informed the tenement of clay. Dryden based his work on a biblical incident recorded in 2 Samuel 13— With all these loads of injuries opprest, And long revolving in his careful breast The event of things, at last, his patience tired, [] Thus, from his royal throne, by heaven inspired, The godlike David spoke; with awful fear His train their Maker in their master hear.


Here it stands for London. After defending them for a while, Oates accused both Charles’s brother, James, and his wife, Queen Catherine, of being involved in the Popish Plot.

The nicest and most delicate touches of satire consist in fine raillery … How easy it is to call rogue and villain, and that wittily? It was thought that the greater passion and desire that went into making bastards made them better. That false Achitophel’s pernicious hate Had turned the plot to ruin church and state: When David’s renowned advisor, Achitophel Achitophel in the Vulgate joins Absalom’s rebellion, another advisor, Hushai, plots with David to pretend absalok defect and give Absalom advice that plays into David’s hands.

If those, who gave the dyrden, could not tie, By their own deed, their own posterity, [] How then could Adam bind his future race?

Let his successful youth your hopes engage; But shun the example of declining age: The best, — and of the princes some were such,— [] Who thought the power of monarchy too much; Mistaken men, and patriots in their hearts; Not wicked, but seduced by impious arts.