Date of Award


Degree Type

Bachelors Essay

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)



First Advisor

Thomas P. Whelan

Second Advisor

William M. Magee


In order to gain a clear idea of this thesis, it is necessary to sketch briefly each author's life. Thus we will be able to distinguish the various characteristics of their early careers. This will aid in clearing up points which, otherwise would seem difficult, without any prelimin­ary knowledge of each man's life.

John Dryden was born in 1631 at Aldwinkle in Northamptonshire, his parents being members of the upper middle class and of Puritan sympathies. He was the Westminster school, and thence in 1650 to Trinity College Cambridge, where he remained at least seven years. During this time his father died leaving him a small property . His first works of importance were such poems as an elegy on the death of Cromwell and another poem entitled "Astraea Redux" which welcomed the return of the Stuarts. He soon abandoned the Puritanical belief and became an ardent Royalist, because he, too, was weary of the chaotic refine and anxious for the return of justice.


A Thesis Submitted to Fulfill the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts