The Westminster curriculum included weekly translation assignments which developed Dryden's capacity for assimilation. Dryden's works occasionally contain outbursts against the married state but also celebrations of the same.
Knapton, Horace Book I. Early life[ edit ] Dryden was born in the village rectory of Aldwincle near Thrapston in Northamptonshire, where his maternal grandfather was rector of All Saints.
Although he uses formal structures such as heroic couplets, he tried to recreate the natural rhythm of speech, and he knew that different subjects need different kinds of verse. Greenberg New York: Norton, The Works of Dr. Bathurst, Paraphrased and inscribed to Ir--d N.
Motte, C. He established the heroic couplet as a standard form of English poetry by writing successful satires, religious pieces, fables, epigrams, compliments, prologues, and plays with it; he also introduced the alexandrine and triplet into the form.
In he began work on what would be his most ambitious and defining work as translator, The Works of Virgilwhich was published by subscription.