"to read an essay on Dryden"
Portrait of John Dryden
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 John Dryden (1631-1700) was an English poet, translator, literary critic and playwright. He was appointed Poet Laureate by Charles II in 1668, but was dismissed from the post by William and Mary of Orange in 1688. His poems include 'The Hind and the Panther' (1687) and  'A Song for St. Cecilia's Day' (1687)