Dryden, Essay of Dramatick Poesie - Rutgers University
An Essay of Dramatic Poesy by John Dryden: An Overview
The effect of the play is destroyed by the mingling of pity and laughter.
3- The three unities...
Essay on Dramatic Poesy
Dryden is considered the best in literary theory, and can be regarded as the first of English literary critics.
Dryden, as a critic, has a philosophy in literature.
To be clear in opinions concerning the function of literature.
To know the conditions to fulfill that function in the best ways.
To praise or criticize with clear reasons and logical justification.
To build the image of 'tradition' by comparing between the authors of the age.
To believe that the purpose of literature is to give a picture of truth.
An Essay of Dramatic Poesy - Poetry Foundation
He shows that the difference in time and place makes comedy more difficult to be appreciated than tragedy.
The Merits of English and French Drama
Unity of Time:
The French do not introduce events of thirty years in two hours.
Unity of Action:
The unnecessary actions of the plot are explained through narration.
There are 2 kinds of narration:
The first kind narrates necessary information in the course of dramatic conversation between characters.
The second kind narrates violent actions (Battles, murders, deaths, etc) which take place during the play.