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Dryden, John (1631-1700)
Sylvae or, The second part of poetical miscellanies.
London : Printed for Jacob Tonson, 1685.

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John Dryden was the greatest English poet of the later seventeenth century. Samuel Johnson claimed that until Dryden English poetry had 'no poetical diction'. This collection was published in the year Dryden converted to Catholicism. It includes a mixture of translations from Horace, Lucretius and Virgil as well as seventeen new poems by Dryden himself.

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