Summary, annotated text, historical background, analysis, and more. Mac Flecknoe Or a Satire Upon the True-Blue-Protestant Poet T. S.. A Poem by John . Mac Flecknoe is a verse mock-heroic satire written by John Dryden. It is a direct attack on Thomas Shadwell, another prominent poet of the time. It opens with the . Satirical Analysis of Mac Flecknoe and Absalom and Achitophel by John Dryden. Dryden, who was the greatest literary figure of the Restoration period achieved.

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A mock epic pretends that a person, a place, a thing, or an idea is extraordinary when — in the author’s view — it is actually insignificant and trivial.

In these lines the combination of the words “perfect” and “mature” with “dullness” and “stupidity” effectively transforms the values of the former, and this is what creates the humorous effect. The poem begins by describing the succession of a monarchy in a tone akin to an epic masterpiece.

The reader expects the hero who succeeds to a crown to be endowed with qualities of perfection and maturity, especially in the context of an epic poem. Lack of brilliance; stupidity. Shadwell dedicated some of his plays to the Duke of Newcastle.

However, the effect of this arouses neither anger nor sympathy in the reader, but laughter. As the new meanings of the words become clear, the realization of the mockery produces laughter. However, it is this very characteristic of transformation and reversal that makes satire so effective in its humor flecnkoe its message. Don’t let false friends make you f,ecknoe that you are carrying on in the tradition of Ben Jonson.

Mac Flecknoe as a Mock-heroic Poem.

Satirical Analysis of Mac Flecknoe and Absalom and Achitophel by John Dryden

The effect of this on the reader is to rethink the validity of those values, as seen in the light of the satiric humor. Shadwell has a ‘goodly fabric that fills the eye’ He is the master of repetition; he is a faithful follower of bad poets like Heywood and Shirley. As part of his mockery of Shadwell, Dryden chose the high-sounding Augusta as the name for the city Shadwell is to rule as King of Nonsense.


However, satire is much more than a means of slandering under the guise of humor. Dryden lampoons Shadwell lfecknoe, although he avoids sarcasm and harangue.

Poppies contain seeds from which opium, an addictive drug, is made. Essay of Dramatick Poesie There, Jupiter gives her the food of the gods, making her immortal, and pronounces Cupid and her eternally tied by the bonds of marriage. Such a work uses the elevated style of the classical epic poem such as The Iliad to satirize human follies. The name of his kingdom is Nonsense.

He counsels him not to imitate Ben Jonson, but to emulate his father and Ogleby. Verses; lines of verse. This Flecknoe 1 found, who, like Augustus, young Was call’d to empire2 and had govern’d long: Book pages used as toilet paper. Son of Aeneas, the hero of Virgil’s Aeneid. Rather, the word “martyr” refers to the unsold books that were used to wrap pies and the word “relics” refers to those same unsold books that were used as toilet paper.

According to ancient Roman myth, twelve vultures appeared to Romulus, the legendary co-founder of ancient Rome, to sanction his selection for the site of the city. Character in Shadwell’s The Virtuoso Indeed, few would appreciate the humor in defamation executed for its own sake.

Court musician and singer. The great deity tells Psyche that she has no chance of finding Cupid unless she petitions Venus, the goddess who sent him to Psyche in the first place. Hero of Dryden’s tragedy, Tyrannic Love. Flecknoe’s choice falls upon Shadwell.

Mac Flecknoe by John Dryden: Summary

Although the fllecknoe between the words “martyrs” and “pies” and between fleckhoe words “relics” and “bum” is obvious, the transformation of values in this is case is not to be taken literally. Henry Herringman —London publisher and bookseller. The admirable traits of a hero become equated with folly and dullness.


The register of royalty is not the only theme exploited by Dryden throughout “Mac Flecknoe” for the sake of humor and the reformation of the values of his contemporary literary audiences.

The satire was as bitter as Butler’s but less grotesque and less laboured. After lighting the lamp, she sees Cupid for the first time and accidentally scratches herself with one of his arrows. Food waste thrown into the river. The word august uh GUST means to inspire reverence and awe. In some plays in the Dryden-Shadwell era, authors arranged short anallysis long lines of verse to resemble the shape of objects such as wings or altars. When she awakens, he accidentally pricks his skin instead of hers, causing him to fall in love with her.

He laughs in pure amusement, and only with an effort realizes what it meant to the subject of the satire. Seat of Anlaysis County in eastern England.

Mac Flecknoe: a Study Guide

John Dryden wrote “Mac Flecknoe” to satirize another English writer, Thomas Shadwellauthor of eighteen plays and a small body of poetry. Flecknoe, with parental pride, dwells on his son’s achievements. But Mac Flecknoe is not of temporal or local interests, and the portrait of Shadwell is both typical and individual so that the satire becomes a defamation against vice and folly in the abstract”.

He praises his son and successor who would rule from Ireland to Barbadoes. The Humoristsa stage comedy by Shadwell.

Introduction Biography of John Flexknoe bachelorandmaster. Dryden mocks Shadwell by writing that his owls can be compared to the vultures of Romulus. Formerly; at one time; at an earlier time.