"Arms, and the Man I sing . . .": A Preface to Dryden's Æneid ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Arvid Losnes

"Arms, and the Man I sing . . .": A Preface to Dryden's Æneid

University of Delaware Press
Publication date: April 2012
ISBN: 9781611490039
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This study-referred to as a "preface"-is given this designation because its aim is not to offer an up-to-date overall assessment Dryden's translation of Virgil's Aeneid, but rather to provide a valid basis for such an assessment. In this it seeks toprovide a comprehensive analysis of relevant areas -i.e. the "conditions of expression"-forming the very basis of the genesis of Dryden's translation, and thus also of a valid understanding of it (cf. R.A.Brower, Alexander Pope: The Poetry of Allusion [London, 1968], p.98) Thus in Part One the main concern is to provide a first-hand picture of the background out of which Dryden's translation came into being: the tradition of Aeneid translation, the evolution of Dryden's theory of translation,his use of textual sources: i.e. a systematic presentation is provided of the various conditions of expression involved as Dryden took upon himself to render Virgil's Aeneid into English poetry. Further, in Part Two, "From Virgil to Dryden", relevant aspects of Dryden's conception of Virgil and essential features of the Virgilian epic are presented with reference to the assessments of modern classical scholars, and, indeed, Dryden's conceptions in these matters are seen to a large extent to have their support-a feature which serves to underline the validity of his understanding of the poem he set out to translate. Here, various analogies-historical, political literary-between the respective periods in which Virgil and Dryden lived are also drawn attention to, reflecting a basic similarity in the conditions of expression under out of which Virgil's Aeneid and Dryden's translation came into being. Similarly, Dryden's concern for literary expression-both that of Virgil, as well as his own inrendering the original author-and the significance devoted to this are given special attention, underscoring his lifelong relationship with Virgil's poetry and his sensitive attitude to the poetic style of Virgil that arose from this. In this connectionspecial attention is devoted to Dryden's numerous references to Longinus' On the Sublime found in his critical writings. An influential French translation of this work was published in 1674, and Dryden's acquaintance with Longinus has been taken to
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