These first two volumes in a four-volume edition of Dryden's poems are the result of a complete reappraisal of the canon, text and context of his work. The text has been prepared from a fresh examination of the early printed editions, and takes account of the large number of manuscript copies which survive. Two recently discovered poems are included here for the first time. Headnotes to each poem provide details of the poem's date, publication history, sources and contemporary reception. Detailed explanations are given of the controversies addressed in his political poems, and particular attention is paid to Dryden's translations from classical writers including Virgil, Horace, Ovid and Lucretius.

Volume I covers the poems of Dryden from 1649 to 1681.

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chapter 1|6 pages

Upon the Death of the Lord Hastings

chapter 2|2 pages

To John Hoddesdon

chapter 3|3 pages

Carmen Lapidarium

chapter 4|3 pages

To Honor Dryden

chapter 5|13 pages

Heroic Stanzas

chapter 6|6 pages

To Sir Robert Howard

chapter 7|19 pages

Astraea Redux

chapter 8|7 pages

To His Sacred Majesty

chapter 9|8 pages

To My Lord Chancellor

chapter 10|5 pages

To Dr Charleton

chapter 11|5 pages

Prologue and Epilogue to The Wild Gallant

chapter 12|4 pages

To the Lady Castlemaine

chapter 13|3 pages

Prologue to The Rival Ladies

chapter 17|5 pages

Prologue and Song from Secret Love

chapter 18|96 pages

Annus Mirabilis

chapter 21|4 pages

Prologue to Albumazar

chapter 26|2 pages

Song ('Farewell, fair Armida')

chapter 27|2 pages

Prologue to Wit without Money

chapter 30|2 pages

Prologue for the Women

chapter 31|2 pages

Prologue to Arviragus revived

chapter 32|7 pages

Prologue, Epilogue and Songs from Amboyna

chapter 35|2 pages

Song from The State of Innocence

chapter 37|3 pages

Epilogue to Calisto

chapter 38|1 pages

Epitaph on the Marquis of Winchester

chapter 39|4 pages

Prologue and Epilogue to Aureng-Zebe

chapter 40|3 pages

Epilogue to The Man of Mode

chapter 42|31 pages

Mac Flecknoe

chapter 43|2 pages

Prologue to Circe

chapter 45|3 pages

To Mr Lee, on his Alexander

chapter 46|3 pages

Prologue and Epilogue to All for Love

chapter 47|2 pages

Epilogue to Mithridates

chapter 49|2 pages

Prologue to A True Widow

chapter 50|7 pages

Prologue, Epilogue and Songs from Oedipus

chapter 52|3 pages

Prologue to Caesar Borgia

chapter 54|2 pages

Prologue to The Loyal General

chapter 55|16 pages

Preface to Ovid's Epistles

chapter 56|5 pages

Canace to Macareus

chapter 57|9 pages

Helen to Paris

chapter 58|7 pages

Dido to Aeneas

chapter 60|5 pages

Prologue and Songs from The Spanish Friar

chapter 61|2 pages

Epitaph on Sir Palmes Fairborne

chapter 62|2 pages

Epilogue to Tamerlane the Great

chapter 63|2 pages

Epilogue Spoken to the King

chapter 67|89 pages

Absalom and Achitophel