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Art of Poetry (Oneworld Classics)by Nicholas Boileau
Synopses & Reviews
Following in the footsteps of Roman lyric poet Horaces Ars Poetica, Boileaus Art of Poetry lays down, in four entertaining books dealing with all forms and genres of poetry, the codes and rules for good versification. This beautiful translation proved to have a lasting influence on the future shape of English literature—among others, it was imitated magnificently by Alexander Pope in his "An Essay on Criticism," who also took Lutrin as a model for his own masterpiece, The Rape of the Lock. Now revised by the great poet John Dryden, Art of Poetry is presented here with Boileau's other masterpiece, Lutrin, with the original French text on facing pages.
About the Author
Nicolas Boileau (16361711) is among the most influential French poets and critics of all time. Admired and imitated by many subsequent writers, he laid the foundations for future French verse, and through the many translations of his poetical works he exercised a strong influence on the course of Western literature. John Dryden (16311700) was a literary critic and translator who so dominated the literary life of Restoration England that the period came to be known in literary circles as the Age of Dryden. Sir William Soames translated Art of Poetry in 1683. John Ozell translated Lutrin in 1708.
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