1] John Oldham (1653-1683) gained fame as a verse satirist, especially through his Satire on the Jesuits, published 1679. His satire is vigorous and witty, but the verse, by comparison with Dryden's, rough and unpolished.
9] Nisus. According to legend, Nisus, when winning a race, slipped in a pool of blood, fell, then rolled into the path of a rival contestant to help his friend win the race.
23] Marcellus: nephew and son-in-law of the Emperor Augustus, who also died, much mourned, at an early age.
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Original text: John Dryden, Poetry, Prose, and Plays, ed. Douglas Grant (Reynard Library edition: Hart-Davis, 1952). PR 3412 G7 1952 ROBA. The base text is John Dryden, Miscellany Poems (1684). B-10 4961 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
First publication date: 1684
RPO poem editor: G. G. Falle
RP edition: 3RP 2.32.
Recent editing: 4:2002/4/3
Form: Heroic Couplets
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