5. Civil War and Restoration (1625-1702)

  • John Milton

    John Milton
    John Milton (9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674) was an English poet, polemicist, a scholarly man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost.
  • John Dryden

    John Dryden
    was an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who was made Poet Laureate in 1668. He is seen as dominating the literary life of Restoration England to such a point that the period came to be known in literary circles as the Age of Dryden.
  • Aphra Behn

    Aphra Behn
    Aphra Behn (baptised 14 December 1640 – 16 April 1689) was a prolific dramatist of the English Restoration, the first English professional female literary writer.[1] Her writing contributed to the amatory fiction genre of British literature. Along with Delarivier Manley and Eliza Haywood, she is sometimes referred to as part of "The fair triumvirate of wit."
  • Elkanah Settle

    Elkanah Settle (1 February 1648 – 12 February 1724) was an English poet and playwright.
  • Astrea Redux by Dryden

    Astrea Redux by Dryden
    Royalist panegyric in which Dryden welcomes the new regime of King Charles II
  • Annus Mirabilis by Dryden

    Annus Mirabilis by Dryden
    poem written by John Dryden. It commemorated 1665–1666, the "year of miracles" of London. Dryden called it the "year of miracles" for things might have been much worse.
  • Jonathan Swift

    Jonathan Swift
    English writer (1667-1745). Swift is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language and is less well known for his poetry.
    Most known
    *Gulliver's Travels
    * A Modest Proposal,
    *A Journal to Stella,
    *Drapier's Letters,
    *A Tale of a Tub.
  • Dryden Made Poet Laureate

    Dryden Made Poet Laureate
  • Absalom and Achitophel by Dryden

    Absalom and Achitophel by Dryden
    landmark poetic political satire by John Dryden. The poem exists in two parts. The first part, of 1681, is undoubtedly by Dryden. The second part, of 1682, was written by another hand, most likely Nahum Tate, except for a few passages—including attacks on Thomas Shadwell and Elkanah Settle, expressed as Og and Doeg—that Dryden wrote himself.
  • Alexander Pope

    Alexander Pope
    (1688-1744) British writer. Introduced to London life by William Wycherly, Alexander Pope became well-known for "Essay on Criticism" (1711). Other works include: "Rape of the Lock" (1712-1714), and "Ode for Music on St. Cecilia's Day."