Suggestion: for those of you interested in literary criticism and theory or theatre, I highly recommend that youread Dryden's An Essay on Dramatic Poesy in full. This is available in numerous ways, on the internet, in mostcritical anthologies, and in the collected works of Dryden available in the library. See editions below.
Dryden in his essay, An Essay on Dramatic Poesy, vindicated the Moderns. The case for the ‘Ancients’ is presented by Crites. In the controversy Dryden takes no extreme position and is sensible enough to give the Ancients their respect. Through his wit and shrewd analysis, he removes the difficulty which had confused the issue. He makes us see the achievement of the Ancients and the gratitude of the Moderns to them. Thus, he presents the comparative merits and demerits of each in a clearer way.
"A Defence of an Essay on Dramatic Poesy." 1668
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