Date of Award

Fall 1950

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Hamm, Victor M.

Second Advisor

Raby, Robert C.

Third Advisor

Archer, Jerone W.

Abstract

One of the perennial problems of interest to students of English literature is the imaginative distance which separates the Renaissance from the Neo-Classical period. This paper attempts, through a study of representative works of the two ages, William Shakespeare's Anthony And Cleopatra and John Dryden's All For Love, to measure that distance. The difference between the creative methods which the two writers employed and which the comparative study of the two plays reveals, together with the disparity in imaginative insight which the difference implies, makes possible a juster evaluation of certain of Dryden's remarks concerning the artistic achievement of Shakespeare. It is this which the present paper ultimately attempts to do.

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